A few posts ago I mentioned that Rob and I have hired a lawyer to handle his immigration to the States. After looking at several different companies we decided to go with Global Visas. Now, I really would have preferred to hire an attorney rather than a company that employes attorneys, there is a subtle difference there. But, the man on the phone was so nice and reassuring and really seemed to know his shit. So we went with them. And what mistake did I make? I didn’t Google them. Not once. Poor life choice.Now we have paid them £500 and aren’t getting any form of assistance. We aren’t even getting anyone to return our phone calls. So today I Googled them. Shockingly enough, we are not the first people to have this issue with this the company. It seems that they are a scam. Not in the fact that they aren’t a real company, but in that they regularly take a “deposit” and then never contact you again unless you hunt them down.
We have called about 25 times in the past thee weeks and it was only once we complained to three different people we got a call back saying that our account manager would not take phone calls only e-mails. Great. We’ve already e-mailed her three times. This is the same story many people have told on the internet. Long story short, we may be out as much as £1350 and we had to find a new lawyer. We really aren’t in the position to be wasting £1350, but really, who is? We are going to the Citizens Advice Bureau on Monday and we are also calling the American Embassy and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner. My main concern is about how this will affect Rob’s immigration process. The most important thing right now is getting him into the country legally, we can worry about getting the money back later. Though that is of prime concern with me, getting Rob into the country and doing that through the right channels is what my focus is on. We can fight this company later. I will be calling our new lawyer, whom I have Googled excessively, on Monday morning to discuss this mess.
Last night Rob and I had a major freak out. Well, lets be honest, I had a major freak out, Rob was pissed. I had this whole “OMG, we are broke, we aren’t going to survive this year, and I can’t go to law school,” thing going on in my head. I had a long talk with myself and realized that, yes, I really do want to go to law school and I really want to be a lawyer and this is just an unexpected stumbling block. Rob and I sat down and budgeted and talked and figured out where all the money is going to come from. And while I am still pissed as hell about all of this, I am not scared about our finances.
The LSATs have been postponed. I will be taking them in December. Also I have a cold.
I have been missing these people a lot these past few weeks:
Perhaps one day soon we will all be together again. And we will drink a lot of wine.