The Russian hunk risks being sent back home

Kara Tointon‘s new boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev was rushing around during the festive period desperately trying to sort out his application for a new visa so he can remain in the UK.

The former EastEnders

actress, 27, and Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem, 28, are battling to keep their

partnership together after the thrill of winning the competition.

Artem‘s just gone to sort his visa which needs to be done before

the New Year,’ said Kara during a last-minute Christmas

shopping trip.

The hunky dancer risks being sent back home to Russia if the

paperwork doesn’t go through.

Last month Artem faced criticism when his ex-wife, American dancer Giselle Peacock, alleged she the ballroom dancer used their relationship to further his career in the States.

She claims he dumped her just eight months after their wedding – on the day he was picked to star in US show So You Think You Can Dance.

‘When Artem and I got married I believed it was for love,’ she says. ‘But for a long time after we split I questioned if, underneath it all, he was just looking for a green card.’

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