LONDON: An Indian woman has been refused a UK visa in order to be with her Scottish husband because her English is “too good”, the Daily Mail reported.
22-year-old Alexandria Rintoul is hoping to be with her husband Bobby in St Andrews, Fife. She is also pregnant with their first child.
According to the report, despite passing the mandatory International English Language Testing System (IELTS) she has been denied entry into the country.
Her 33-year-old husband is worried that she will be too pregnant too fly or already give birth by the time this is all sorted out.
“We were ready to start our life together here. It would be our first Christmas in our new house and her first in Scotland,” he told the Daily Mail. Adding, “It was her dream and it’s been taken away over such a trivial issue.”
In a Facebook post, Alexandria wrote: “I’m supposed to be spending money on my baby, my house, my new family and here I am paying bills for this money sucking visa refused because they aren’t satisfied I come from a country that speaks English…WHAT? Hahaha where do these PEOPLE go to SCHOOL?”
North East Fife MP Stephen Gethins is trying to help the couple. “This is a very difficult time for Mr Rintoul and his family and I have made repeated calls to the UK Visa and Immigration service but, like many of my colleagues, am frustrated by the lack of communication by that department and the impact this has on constituents who are rightly worried about their loved ones,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
Adding, “Too often I am finding constituents who have been left in an incredibly difficult position by a system that makes life unnecessarily stressful for people.”