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Comments on Wednesday 22 October 2008:
Fuck governments.

A couple of days ago I discovered that I really want to move to Hawaii, for various reasons. Then I discovered that I pretty much could do it, almost right now, on the terms which I would prefer and most people would hate. I was quite excited and enthused, had already started in motion, was planning a test-visit for a month starting in a mere couple of weeks. I felt alive for the first time in a long while.

Then I discovered that a "permanent residency" card is not actually permanent, it expires if you're out of the country for two years, which means I would not be allowed to live in the US after all. There is no acceptable way to change this fact (other than if I somehow acquire $500000, or some fantastic love-luck is involved). Fuck you, government, fuck your immigration stupidness. I'm obviously not coming round there stealing your jawbs, I fucking left before, when I was legal, having paid several thousands of dollars in tax without ever "taking your jawbs". If I wanted in for that reason I'd have stayed last time. What's the justification for not letting me (or anyone else who has previously had a permanent-resident visa) return? It makes no sense.

I miss it, and I've not even been there yet. It's what I was missing before I even knew. I will find a way. [00:54]

Digi
Considering how much of a fuss the Yanks are always making about how many illegal immigrants they have in the country, I'm led to believe that it's *pretty easy* to be an illegal immigrant in the States. Or at least easy to get away with it (I'm sure having no money, and being isolated from your family is hard, etc., but that circumstance would be quite different with money). I've no first hand experience of the US, much less Hawaii, but surely on the list of states where it's hard to get caught for being an illegal alien, it has to be nearer the top than the bottom.

I guess it depends on how bad you want it.

RavenBlack
Shhh. Illegal immigration was one of the considered options, but you do not talk about fight club.

Anet
Get to Hawaii, your card will help expediate your getting a new one once there. As long as you have a way to support yourself being a Brit will help you.

RavenBlack
You've never had a go at US immigration, have you?

Anet
There would be little point in it... ;)
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