Couple left in limbo for months after Home Office backlog causes long delays to visa applications

A Gateshead couple had been left caught in a “irritating” limbo for 4 months after a backlog on the Home Office led to their visa software being delayed by weeks.

Ross Purcell and Siyu Qian submitted Siyu’s Further Leave to Remain software, switching from a fiance to partner visa, on January 2 this 12 months.

The couple acquired married in December final 12 months after initially assembly 5 years in the past on a vacation with mutual mates.

Siyu, who’s initially from Beijing, China, entered the UK in September 2020 on a fiance visa.

The couple, each 27, stated visa applications take eight weeks at most, however usually much less when making use of from inside the UK.

But the couple waited 19 weeks with out listening to whether or not or not their software had been accredited.

In the meantime, advertising supervisor Ross stated their “lives had been placed on maintain” as Siyu was unable to look for work till her standing was granted.

He stated: “Being caught in this limbo is so irritating. It actually looks like her life & profession has been frozen for no obvious motive.

“There’s loads of jobs she’s properly certified for, however she will be able to’t apply.

“She’s shedding out on the social side as properly, she’s simply caught in the home all day. It’s very lonely.”

Their frustration grew as Siyu, who beforehand labored as a kindergarten instructor, noticed on social teams that different individuals who utilized in March and April had been getting their choices “inside days”.

A Home Office spokesperson stated the Covid-19 pandemic had led to delays to the applying course of.

When contacted by ChronicleLive about Siyu’s case, they apologised for the inconvenience and accredited the applying that day.

Ross stated: “It simply highlights how ridiculous the entire thing is – months of ready then an hour or two to approve it.”

Ross and Siyu first met at Manchester Airport in April 2016 after being invited on a bunch vacation to Lisbon by a mutual good friend.

They stored in contact and, when Siyu graduated from the University of Manchester and returned to China, Ross utilized for a instructing function in Tokyo, Japan.

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Their relationship blossomed with common visits and so they later lived collectively in Melbourne, Australia from 2018 to 2019.

Ross returned to the UK when his visa expired, however proposed to Siyu in July 2019 when she visited him at his dad and mom’ home in Sunderland.

Siyu finally arrived in the UK on a fiance visa in September final 12 months and the pair moved into Ross’ Gateshead flat collectively.

They had been married in Durham in December, shortly earlier than weddings had been stopped once more throughout a 3rd nationwide lockdown.

A Home Office spokesperson stated: “Due to the pandemic, there have been some delays to the visa software course of however now we have continued to course of all applications as shortly as potential and we’re taking mitigating measures similar to hiring further workers to velocity up the method.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this will likely have brought on. This visa has now been granted.”



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