Couple face UK spouse visa dilemma

14 Oct 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A British man and his American wife are facing a dilemma over their application to renew a UK spouse visa.

Julian's Frost has been married to his wife Missy for six years but changes in UK spouse visa rules mean that they could be unable to afford to renew her visa.

The pair were married in 2005, before the introduction of the citizenship test. Under the previous rules, Mrs Frost would have received British citizen ship two years after their marriage after paying £330 for a full UK visa.

However, changes mean that the cost is now £850 and the pair, who are struggling with health problems and unemployment, are struggling to find the necessary funds.

Mrs Frost told Lynn News: “We live every single day in fear of being separated and not knowing what is going to happen.

“It is not fair, we have worked so hard just to be together and then you hear these stories of sham and illegal marriages, who get away scot free.”

She added that the couple did everything right and had been led to believe that at the end of the first two years of marriage Mrs Frost would be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

They have previously renewed the visa at the cost of £510 for two years because they were unable to afford the citizenship and the full indefinite visa. They are now concerned that they will be unable to afford either option when the latest paperwork runs out.