A GLENROTHES man has spoken of his anguish and distress at being separated from his American bride because of government bureaucracy.
David Senior, (43) from Pitcoudie, married his wife Jean (40) in June last year after a two year long-distance relationship.
The pair met through the social media site Facebook and love blossomed after Jean came to visit David on holiday in November 2011.
But when Jean’s tourist visa ran out she returned home to Alabama and the pair have now been apart since August 2012 due to a refusal by the UK Immigration office to grant a ‘spouse visa’.
The refusal was on the grounds that David did not earn the required £18,000 even though they are aware that David is a registered full-time carer for his son who has Aspergers Syndrome.
The monetary salary is what is necessary to support his wife say the immigration services.
“It’s been a never ending nightmare”, David told the Gazette.
“The immigration authorities have had no compassion whatsoever and have been very dismissive of our situation at times.
“The don’t seem to realise that they are playing with people’s lives here, the worry and stress that Jean, myself and our families are still going through is terrible”, he added.
Because David looks after his son on a full-time basis he has had to rely on family members to meet the £2,500 costs so far spent on applying for the visa appealing its refusal.
And having just paid a further £140 for an oral hearing, the couple have just been told they could agonisingly wait up to 18 weeks before an appeal judgement on their case is made.
“We’ve had to jump through hoops and still we’re no nearer getting a decision”, said David.
“They’ve questioned Jean’s ability to speak English, even though she’s American, and have questioned her ability to work even though she has a work history, and is University educated.
“And has clearly told the authorities that she intends to find work the moment she arrives in Glenrothes, so I can’t understand why they won’t grant us the visa.”
The couple have had to use the video messaging service Skype to communicate and are now just waiting to hear back from the authorities on a final decision.