UK Border Agency backlog: Couple's story
24 January 2013 Last updated at 09:46 GMT
A report has revealed a significant backlog in the UK Border agency's dealing with marriage and civil partnership immigration applications.
The findings from the Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration revealed 14,000 requests from applicants to re-consider decisions and 2,100 cases where people were awaiting an initial decision, some of them dating back a decade.
Gerard Hearne, from Rotherham, explained that he has been waiting for a visa for his Thai wife for nearly ten months.
This item was broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, broadcast on Thursday 24 January 2013.