Salli is a British citizen. Some time ago, Salli went to South Korea where she worked for several years. Over there she met and fell in love with Izzat, from Uzbekistan. Izzat was a student at a local university there.
|Izzat and Salli|
In the natural course of a relationship, the couple planned their lives together - to get married, live in England, progress with their careers and then have children.
In December 2014, Salli went to Uzbekistan for the marriage with his parents blessing. At the time, she had no idea that the immigration rules had changed. Salli was assured by her friends that as a British citizen she would have no issues living in England wiht her husband.
It was while Salli was in Uzbekistan that she found out she was pregnant; however she had to leave Uzbekistan as her visa there was nearing its end; she no longer had a valid visa for South Korea either, having left her job there. So Sally returned to England.
Once here, Salli and her husband decided to apply for a spouse visa - and that's when they came across the financial requirements which were impossible for the newly married couple to meet. Salli managed to get a part time job and saved a little bit of money to add to her savings in excess of £10,000. Salli's mum said she was willing to support them as well, and co-sponsor Salli's husband.
However, the rules of course ignore any savings under £16,000 and third party support, even from a parent, is no longer allowed.
So Salli went through the pregnancy without her husband. He was also refused a visa to witness the birth of their daughter, Layla. Salli is struggling as a single parent and diagnosed with post-natal depression.
Layla, is now over six months old but has never been held by her father. In sending BritCits photos, Salli said 'as you know, there are no photos of us [three] together'.
|Salli and Layla|
Salli has been forced into the position of a single mother claiming benefits which she has never had to do before; all her savings were used up in trying to sponsor her husband for a spouse or visit visa, and furnishing her home.
With Salli's sister also recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and now given only a few months to live, Salli can't even think of leaving the UK, nor focus on getting a full time job with a baby to look after alone.
|Salli and Layla|
"This is the best place to raise my family and I shouldn't have to choose between my husband and providing the best life for my family."