British Man Slams "Excessively Harsh" Spouse Visa Rules

By Editorial 08 January, 2014

A British man has complained of "excessively harsh" UK spouse visa rules, after his Chinese wife was refused a visa on the grounds that the Home Office does not believe they are in a genuine relationship.

David Rushmer told the media that his wife Wang Xiang's application was turned down despite evidence that included photos, joint bills, testimonials, and a picture of their engraved wedding rings. He says that Wang told British officials in Beijing that she had written on sensitive subjects as a journalist, and that the UK Border Agency decided this meant she was seeking to live abroad to escape the Chinese authorities.

Rushmer says he met Wang in the UK in June 2012 while she was in the country waiting for a "Leave to Remain" visa following the end of her marriage to a Canadian who was living in the UK. They married in China in April 2013, after living together in Britain for five months. Rushmer is 48 years old and his wife is 39.

Tags: United Kingdom | Expats | Visas And Passports |


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