Newlyweds David and Nancy Treasure have finally been able to return home to the UK after a three month immigration wrangle - and the Home Office has admitted it made a mistake.
“It’s been a big adjustment to come back”, said Nancy, 65.
“All in all it’s nice to be back, but I’m all disorientated.
“I’m very saddened to have been treated as if I’m an illegal alien when I’m an educated woman from an exemplary family. I admire everything about Britain and I only want to be a good citizen and live a happy life with my husband.”
The couple, of Mossbrook Drive, Cottam, married in Preston on April 7 after meeting online three years ago.
After Nancy, an American, overstayed her visitor’s visa, she followed Home Office advice to leave the country and apply to re-enter permanently as a spouse.
The couple were told they could travel to Fuerteventura and process paperwork at the British consulate in Gran Canaria, but found out this was wrong when they were there.
Nancy was told she would be deported if she flew back to England, so had to be left on her own while David instructed lawyers in the UK. After three months of wrangling, finally the Visa was approved and the pair flew home on August 1.
Nancy said: “This has taken a massive toll on us both. I felt completely isolated out in Fuerteventura and wondered if I’d ever be allowed back. I can’t believe how inept the UK authorities have been and their total disrespect for my husband and myself when we’ve done everything by the book.”
An email to Fylde MP Mark Menzies from Sharon Mason of the Home Office reads: “I regret to inform you that the advice provided to Mr and Mrs Treasure on April 1 was incorrect. Home Office policy is that applications for entry clearance as a spouse must be submitted from the applicant’s country of residence.
“Mrs Treasure should therefore have been advised to return to the United States of America to submit her spouse visa application, in accordance with the proper process. The Home Office sincerely apologises for this error.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “We have apologised for the incorrect advice offered in this case, and have taken action to ensure it does not happen again.”