A newlywed has spoken of his “horror” at having to leave his wife abroad while he battles to get her let into the UK.
David Treasure of Mossbrook Drive, Cottam, flew into Manchester Airport yesterday, leaving 65-year-old Nancy in Fuerteventura while he instructs a solicitor to deal with UK Border Control.
Thanks to an immigration wrangle, Mrs Treasure - who is American - was told she would be deported if she came back with her husband.
Mr Treasure said: “I’m having to leave Nancy here on her own which I’m horrified at having to do, but it seems the only way to get this resolved is for me to return and bang some heads together.”
The 62-year-old added: “Unfortunately she hasn’t anybody with her. I am distraught at having to leave her alone but I am left with no other option. We’ve still had no help.”
The couple married in Preston on April 7, just days after Mrs Treasure’s six-month visitor visa expired. Immigration officials allowed them to stay for the ceremony, but said in order for her to live in the UK as a spouse, Mrs Treasure would need to leave the country and hand immigration documents into a British Consulate abroad.
Mr Treasure insists they were told by Home Office officials and a solicitor they could go to Fuerteventura, but on attending the nearest British Consulate in Gran Canaria, they were told this was incorrect, leaving Mrs Treasure stuck abroad, running out of money and medication.
The Home Office said it does not provide specific advice on individual visa applications but advises people to check guidance online.