"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday 16 April 2013

Sharon & Wade

“Living with my husband and my English family is proving to be an impossible dream..”

Sharon is a British citizen and married for over 4 years now to Wade, an American. Sharon and Wade are both in their 50s.

Sharon returned to her home in the Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with the intention that Wade would follow her after spending one last Christmas with his family in the US. Sharon set up a home for them and was successful in obtaining a job. Wade also had a job lined up for himself.

However, months later, Sharon is now in the UK, living alone on antidepressants for the first time in her life. She is an emotional wreck, having been told she needs to be earning £18,600 per year for at least six months, before UKBA will consider Sharon’s husband joining her.

She cannot see how she will ever be able to earn that amount of money on her own, especially now with her own health in a poor condition meaning she is going to be unlikely to work the several jobs it would take for her to earn that much. Wade was going to come visit her, and cheer her up; however his visitor’s visa was rejected on the grounds that he hadn’t provided "sufficient proof that he had reason to return to the States".

They have put in a second application (also at some cost), with supporting letters from his boss, family, bank statements, letter from Sharon inviting him here.

The couple is now praying this time he will be allowed to visit his wife!!! Given their expenses and need to save, Wade can only afford to stay two weeks but even that is better than not seeing each other at all.

Sharon is not well. Some days she just wants to crawl into a corner and die with the hopelessness of it all. She returned home to be with her family and to make a home here with her husband, but is finding it is increasingly an impossible dream.

Sharon and Wade

Wade and Sharon's mum

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