They thought they’d be spending their first Hogmanay together as husband and wife.
But devastated Euan Halket and his American bride Megan will be 3000 miles apart after she was twice refused permission to move to his native Ayr.
The happy couple tied the knot after a four year courtship this summer.
They splashed out thousands of pounds for a visa to allow Megan, 23, to live in the UK after she graduated from university with a degree in psychology.
But after being given bad advice their first application failed.
They were confident that the second visa bid would be successful. However they were distraught at receiving an email from the UK Border Agency rejecting the visa application.
Euan explained: “We honestly never imagined it would be so difficult.
“Because I’ve got a house and a job here and Megan’s just graduated, we decided we’d like to start our married life here, but it’s been unbelievable.”
Megan and Euan met in a bar in Dublin on July 29, 2008 when they were both on holiday.They exchanged email addresses and started writing straight away.
This progressed to face-to-face chats over Skype and that November, Euan went to visit Megan for Thanksgiving.
In 2011, during a trip to Liverpool, Beatles-mad Euan got to sing Imagine on stage at the famous Cavern club.And after he had finished his number, Euan asked Megan to marry him in front of the packed venue.
Exactly four years after they first met, Megan and Euan married at Megan’s family’s farm in New Hampshire in the States.
Euan said: “My mum wasn’t well enough to come to the wedding so we planned a blessing at St James’ Church in Ayr and a big party for a month later.
“But when we got to border control at Glasgow, they pulled Megan aside and questioned her for an hour.
“Because we were married she was no longer considered a visitor and the border agency classed her at risk of overstaying, even though she had a return ticket.”
Megan’s first application for a settlement visa was rejected after they were given wrong advice from a company that help people apply for visas.
But Euan and Megan were shocked when their second application was knocked back because they don’t have £62,500 in savings.
Euan, 43, said: “We’re trying to do it the right way and I feel like we’re being knocked down at every turn.”
A spokesman the UK Border Agencysaid: “All applications for settling in the UK must meet the requirements of our immigration rules, and those that do not may be refused. Every application is considered on its individual merits.”