"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.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

From the comments, again

'I understand your sadness perfectly. I married my Chinese wife four years ago and she was also refused a visitors visa and the chance to meet my mum who died last year without seeing her apart from on a web cam. thanks to this present governments new family immigration laws. it makes me angry that I had to give up everything in the UK to be with my wife in China. needless to say there must be thousands of more sad stories of people denied the chance to live with their loved ones in their own country. it stains the image of the UK and everything about human rights we are supposed to stand for.'

In response to Clyde and XuDan's story : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/clyde-and-xudan-our-family-is.html


  1. My Chinese wife paid over 800 GDP for a Multi Entry Family Visit Visa, only to have it revoked on 6 th May 2013 on her second visit. She made the mistake of applying for the wrong visa back in November 2012 which cost 900 GDP. Instead of giving her a refund they detained her overnight on 6 th May at Heathrow, accusing her among other things of not really being married and treated her like a criminal, taking her fingerprints and photos. We are appealing against this decision in the First Tier Court, this has already cost 140 GDP. My wife is honest, its the UKBA who are criminals, not her.

  2. The U.K.B.A. are the criminals. Not her. I couldn't agree more.
    It's a disgusting way to treat anyone. I hope and pray that you will eventually be able to live with your wife in The U.K.
    I am in the same boat. About nine months ago we applied for a visa for my Australian husband of 43 years. We have more than enough to look after ourselves. All I wanted to do was retire to my home country which is Scotland. Needless to say his visa application was refused. No reason was given. They just said- "We can't help you".At least I have my Australian family here with me. There are so many others that are a lot worse off. I just cannot understand a British Government putting their own people through hell and letting in anyone and everyone from The E.U.

    My thoughts are with you both and I hope and pray that there will be a good outcome for you both.

  3. Anne - thanks for the comment.

    I think we've posted your story here : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/anne-via-comments.html

    Your situation is terrible and heartbreaking. I'm very sorry to hear of it.

    What you've pinpointed in your comment is the tension between the rhetoric of politicians and the reality of the modern world. Modern life and probably modern democracy itself depends on the free flow of goods, services and of course people, through emigration and immigration. We live in a global world, and the UK is a global country, and much better for it. There is no way to turn back the clock. Human rights, family life, multiculturalism and the global economy are all important arguments for this.

    Unfortunately politicians are very driven by media scares and very few are brave enough to make the case for migration. Instead they react to these scare stories by picking 'scapegoats' who are victimised without really making any difference to the way the world works - we've seen it with families in the UK; we've also seen it with the students, and also the way politicians demonise Romanians - it's pure scapegoating and ultimately ruins lives.

    That's what we're fighting against.

    All the best to you, and very sorry to hear of your situation. - Steve/britcits.com