“He is the man I am going to marry and it’s the government keeping us apart.”
Jas is a British citizen, born and raised in the UK. She is currently in the second year of her pharmacy degree.
She first visited India at the agre of three, and then every two years since, getting to know her heritage and family in India. It is here she found the love of her life. Though they spent time together as kids, she only really remembers him from when she was 9 and he, 13. A gorgeous boy who told her he liked her very much.
Jas was too young to understand what this all meant, but a few years later, she did. Leaving India then meant leaving him, and all she could do was cry.
As a teenager, when they met again, at first it was awkward but the chemistry that had been there from the start, the attraction and the sense of comfort they got from each other, didn't take long to return.
This is when Jas started to fall in love and the pair vowed to not grow apart because of the distance. They stayed in touch over the phone and email, speaking for hours.
When her boyfriend got into a motorcycle accident, Jas realised how hard a long distance relationship was when you couldn’t be there for each other to share the good and bad times. So she let herself drift away from him. However, love knows no boundaries, and now at the age of 19 Jas can’t deny her feelings.
She is determined that this is the man she will marry. However she wants to first finish her degree in order to further her career, and also maximise her chances of earning £18,600 so she can sponsor him.
If she is not allowed to be here in the UK, Jas will emigrate. However, UK then loses out on the positive impact she could make here. As more and more like Jas decide to leave our shores, it will be to the detriment of our nation.