A COUPLE can finally look forward to married life in Calderdale after red tape separated them for six months.
Craig and Julianna Divers yesterday spent their first day as man and wife in the UK after her arrival from Brazil.
The couple were married over there in October and last saw each other on February 1 when he returned home.
But her arrival was delayed much longer than expected because officials asked for more information after her visa application had been submitted.
In desperation Mr Divers sought the help of Halifax MP Linda Riordan and the Courier. Now, finally, there is now a happy ending.
“It has been very frustrating and now a massive relief,” said Mr Divers, 39.
“It’s great to finally have her here and to start our married life together.
“The information required was not requested at the time and if it had been things would have been different.”
The couple are living at Illingworth, Halifax, and he has taken a week off work as a surveyor so they can spend quality time together.
He said the publicity had helped their case and they were thrilled to get the green light from the British Consulate in Rio.
Mrs Divers, 34, has previously visited Calderdale twice during their courtship. They first met in 2003 when he was travelling in Brazil.
She said it would take time for her to settle and she hoped to find work as a lawyer on completion of a compliance course.
“I’ve had a very good welcome and I am looking forward to my new life here,” she said.
“I will miss my family definitely and my friends but I am sure I will make new friends and my parents might come over next year.”
Mrs Divers is looking forward to learning more about the history of the UK and described the Calderdale countryside as beautiful.
She finds the British diet very different, but not too bad, and is looking forward to all the changes her new life will bring.
“I have loads to discover,” she said.
In September, 11 months after their wedding, the couple hope to honeymoon, possibly in Rome or Egypt.