Visa application data reveals expats and their tangled love lives

Published:  7 Jul at 6 PM
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The complications of cross-border relationships involving expats’ love, marriage and even divorce issues have been revealed by a study of immigration assistance patterns.

Immigration assistance company Global Visa’s analysis of around 5,000 cases over the past few years has revealed the secrets of expat relationships and love lives. Apparently, almost 33 per cent of all visa applications are now rejected by immigration officers, with refusal numbers doubled since 2012 due to stricter rules in many countries.

Fascinating facts unravelled by the study include a hint that older females seeking the love of a younger man should head for Turkey, and cash-strapped pensioners searching for yet another life-partner are best off in Southeast Asia. Indian men wishing to emigrate to the West are hot for Western brides, as it’s about the only sure way to leave the country and start a new life in the West.

Wealthy businessmen from other countries are keen to snap up a young Chinese partner, and the bride herself is usually happy to find a husband in a land where men are in shorter supply than women. The relaxation of same-sex marriage laws in Britain, the USA and Germany has seen a huge increase in gays and lesbians tying the knot in those countries.

Online dating sites run by agencies in Russia and other eastern European states are being overwhelmed by love-sick Western men although, sadly, such unions tend to be loveless on the part of the bride as well as short-lived. Feminists will be pleased to know that, outside the Gulf States, husbands wishing to travel with their plural wives are usually refused visas to enter almost any other world country.
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