UK Residence – How to apply for Settled or Pre Settled Status

Corona Virus is in all the news right now, but let’s not lose the long-term essential. Who does not have Settled or Pre Settled Status after 31 December 2020 will no longer have the right to reside and work in the UK. However the government of the UK also said that the deadline for applying for UK status is 30 June 2021, so nobody really knows what to make of it.

The procedure is simple and fast. All you need is an email address, a UK mobile phone number, a camera phone that supports the EU Exit application: Document ID, electronic passport (the type with chip), NINO number and possibly a proof of residency. (utility bill, bank statement, P60 form if you are self employed). It can be done without the application on the phone, but this means sending the original documents by mail, a process that takes much longer and is riskier. I also definitely recommend using your passport when applying. You can also apply with the national ID card, but I have heard many cases when they were very delayed with the granting of Settled Status due to the lengthy procedure of manual verification of Identity cards.

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Why Romanians are still mourning the communist regime after 29 years?

Every year during the winter holidays we see articles about communism and the death of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu who was shot for treason on Christmas day 25 December 1989. If I look at the comments, I see every time the same quarrels are born between 2 camps. The first is comprised of those who remember the famine, the secret police, travel restrictions, absolute government control, invasion of personal life, control of the press and the restriction of freedom of speech, rationing of food, gas, electricity and heating… . and on the side we have the group of people that does not remember any of these things, but just remembers simpler times when you had the security of the day of tomorrow (even if it was a bad and bitter day).

As far as I noticed young people and generally those that are educated, traveled and had contact with the outside world, they are part of the first group. In the second group we tend to find some middle aged and a large part of the elderly part of the population. They are the nostalgic who have worked their whole life at the factory and enjoyed the benefits of the early years of communism when the country was growing. For them, the last harsh period (1980-1989) of Communism did not mean much, and the period after it brought only destruction, inflation, pension cuts and they saw their entire working life reduced to a few Lei (National Currency units). They obviously have no interest in traveling outside, or in getting to know the world outside of Romania. They voted for most of their life the Communist Party, and now it’s seems only natural for them to vote for the red socialist party PSD which is largely comprised of the same people that were in charge during communist times. Unfortunately they are locked in a loophole of promises that their pension will increase and lured in by speeches that they and their work are still respected by someone in the country. Lately more and more young people tend to join this group. They are part of the group of young people disappointed with the current democracy in Romania. These people, generally found in rural areas are not well educated or exposed to the outside world, and are the kind of people who do not want to struggle too much in life to get things done. For them a system where you get offered a home and a job on a silver platter in exchange for personal sacrifices of liberties sound pretty good.

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Samsung S3 mini – probleme si upgrade

Se pare ca o problema destul de des intalnita pe la smartphone- urile din ziua de azi este cea a bateriei care se duce mult prea repede , dar la telefonul propiu era exagerata rau situatia. Ajunsesem sa il scot de la incarcat si dupa 15 minute de stat pe internet , se restarta brusc si aparea “Level battery critical 1%” , dupa care se restarta iar haotic din nou si din nou. Am incercat toate reseturile posibile , factory reset , cache wipe , bagat iar si iar la incarcat , trantit pana eventual s-a stricat si mufa de incarcare a telefonului.

Au urmat 10 zile in care telefonul a umblat prin 3 serviceuri de pe strada Labirintului (aia care leaga autogara de policlinica CFR) , unde la primul service mi l-a inapoiat urmatoarea zi pentru ca nu are mufa pe stoc si ar fi costat 40 de lei , al doilea a spus ca Continue reading “Samsung S3 mini – probleme si upgrade”