Express and Star | Couple face spending last New Year together
'Despite marrying 13 years ago at Kingswinford Christian Centre and living in the Black Country for three years – the Borders Agency has refused Adna a permanent visa to stay in the country.
'Adna, aged 35, who met Chris while he worked as a missionary in Sao Paulo in Brazil, is only on a tourist visa and must leave the country on January 23, unless the couple can overturn an earlier decision to refuse her a permanent stay.
'Currently, they await a date for an appeal hearing, but with the visa expiry date hanging over their heads, 38-year-old Chris fears he may lose his wife back to Brazil.
'“We are both exhausted with the situation,” he said. Chris is staying in London working as a church pastor for the First Renewal Presbyterian Church, a non-profit organisation from Brazil.
'... He said: “All we both want is to look forward and have a normal life together – but with this over us we can’t.
'“It’s costing us hours of time and thousands of pounds in money – but everything we are trying to do seems to be coming up against a brick wall. I don’t get why they won’t allow her to stay.” '
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