A British man has been told he will not be granted a UK spouse visa for his Ecuadorian wide even though the couple having three young children.
According to Dan Newton, 41, he and his wife lived in the UK for one year with their first child before they moved to Abu Dhabi for over four years. However, after hearing that his employment was to be terminated, Mr Newton decided to move back to the UK with his wife and three children.
In order to ensure their move would run smoothly, Mr Newton’s wife, Carla Zamora, applied to the UK Visa and Immigration department of the Home Office to obtain a Spouse Settlement Visa. However, this request was refused in September 2017.
Commenting on the Home Office’s decision, Mr Newson stated that he couldn’t understand the final decision, or the department’s suggestion that family life could be maintained via “visits”.
“I can’t believe they have the audacity to suggest that my wife not being able to be with my family would have absolutely no impact on our family life or on the upbringing of my children," he said. "I can’t believe they actually suggested that they can see them periodically in a third mutual country. It’s ridiculous."
According to The Independent, the couple appealed the decision but were informed in October that they had been refused once more as Ms Zamora’s application did not meet the UK immigration system’s financial requirements.
The case has come to light following the publishing of recent figures that suggest the number of children, spouses and dependent relatives of Britons granted UK visas has decreased by 73 per cent in the past ten years.