A MAN has spent more than two years trying to get his wife over to live with him in the UK from Iran.
Farzad Nazari has lived in Portsmouth for the past 14 years after moving to the city from Iraq with his family.
The 28-year-old met his future wife, Ziba Valadipour on a visit to Iraq.
They married in Turkey in April 2012, and Mr Nazari has been trying to get his wife to live with him since then, but has been told by the government that he’s not earning enough.
Mr Nazari, from Sparrowhawk Close in Hilsea, works for Domino’s Pizza and claims that he meets the criteria.
He said: ‘I came with my family as my father had got injured and the UN decided to bring us to the UK so he could get treatment.
‘A few years later my father passed away so I became the adult of the family. I had to take care of my brother and sister.
‘I went to school and college and got my degree here.’
Mr Nazari was born in Iraq but his parents are Iranian.
He cannot to move back to Iran because he would be unable to get a visa due to trouble his family faced in the past.
But in 2011 he paid a visit to Iraq, which is when he met Ziba, 21.
‘We decided to get married but I couldn’t get home so we decided to get married in Turkey.
‘I couldn’t go back home to live there so I decided to bring her to England,’ he said.
‘Since then I have been struggling to get her over here because they say my income isn’t enough.
‘I’m so angry and upset. There was a time when I wanted to end my own life. That’s how angry I am.’
The Home Office also said that Ms Valadipour does not meet the income threshold under the spouse visa rules.
The rules state that, for a spousal visa, the applicant must provide evidence that their sponsor has a gross annual income of at least £18,600 or that the couple have cash savings of at least £62,500.
In a statement, a Home Office spokesperson said: ‘We welcome those who wish to make a life in the UK with their family, work hard and make a contribution but it must not be at the taxpayers’ expense.
‘Our family rules were brought in to make sure that spouses coming to the UK do not become reliant on the taxpayer for financial support, and are well enough supported to integrate effectively.
‘This is fair to applicants and to the rest of the public.’