This Is How One Unusual UK Immigration Rule Plays Out For Couples

Shyamantha Asokan
Nov 9, 2015 · 9 min read

1. Stuck apart: Emma Collier, 23 years old

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Emma and Cristian. Photos courtesy of Emma Collier.

2. Stuck abroad: Charlene Karstel, 35 years old

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Francois, Ollie, and Charlene. Left photo: courtesy of Charlene Karstel. Right photo: via

3. Through the loophole: Ahmed, 29 years old

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Ahmed’s Egyptian passport (left and centre), and Ahmed rolling a cigarette before work starts. Photos: Shyamantha Asokan

Shyamantha Asokan

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Journalist & photographer who has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Nigeria, and India. Stories for The Economist, The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Reuters, etc.

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