"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.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Express and Star | Couple face spending last New Year together


'Despite marrying 13 years ago at Kingswinford Christian Centre and living in the Black Country for three years – the Borders Agency has refused Adna a permanent visa to stay in the country.

'Adna, aged 35, who met Chris while he worked as a missionary in Sao Paulo in Brazil, is only on a tourist visa and must leave the country on January 23, unless the couple can overturn an earlier decision to refuse her a permanent stay.

'Currently, they await a date for an appeal hearing, but with the visa expiry date hanging over their heads, 38-year-old Chris fears he may lose his wife back to Brazil.

'“We are both exhausted with the situation,” he said. Chris is staying in London working as a church pastor for the First Renewal Presbyterian Church, a non-profit organisation from Brazil.

'... He said: “All we both want is to look forward and have a normal life together – but with this over us we can’t.

'“It’s costing us hours of time and thousands of pounds in money – but everything we are trying to do seems to be coming up against a brick wall. I don’t get why they won’t allow her to stay.” '

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