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Appalling UK Immigration Experience With Egyptian Spouse Visa

I met an Egyptian and was unable to get him to UK as a fiancée or visitor. Whilst i appreciate that restrictions have to be tight, this meant that the only way to see if our relationship would work was via a marriage visa.

This gave us only 6 months to marry before the visa expired. the reality of this was being forced to marry sooner rather than later. this put pressure to marry sooner than we would have if we wished to stay together and also is not sufficient time to discover any flaws.

We applied for the FLR visa in November 2009 and it was returned to us as void in February 2010, one day before the 14 weeks after which we could question the hold up - rather a coincidence.

Contacting the Agency was horrendous! I was given 'definitive' advice that there was no line of enquiry until 14 weeks had passed, only to be told afterwards, via a response to my MP, that we could have enquired previously.

As it was a change in bank details that caused the confusion, we were advised by a solicitor that we should have been informed of the inconsistency and given a chance to pay. The agency denied this to be the case.

We reapplied immediately, finally getting a discretionary visa in June, 2010, giving my partner asylum status in many respects, with no right to appeal, and a gap on his visa.

To attempt to get this right to appeal and then actually appeal would, we were advised, be potentially very expensive and was, therefore, outside our reach.Unfortunately, the relationship has now broken down, a situation which I believe was a result of the enormous stresses and strains of the visa application process. Indeed, if the relationship was already doomed, this would have come to light without marriage and its added complications had we been able to obtain a visitor's visa or if the fiance visa was granted for a longer period.

This process involved hours of trying to contact the agency and speak to a person. On only one occasion did I feel my questions were answered, but was later told this had been wrong. It seems to me that in a country which I have always considered fair there is a grave disservice to its citizens, one which would be more likely associated with less democratic countries.

The frustration I myself felt at the bureaucracy, time and money involved to go nowhere, achieve nothing, have no course of enquiry, complaint or justice was unbelievable and totally disgraceful in our society. How can there be no right to recourse in a civilised society? The system shows abuse of both power and the under-dog.

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