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‘I can’t have this child alone’: Residence Workplace tells father-to-be to go away UK in 10 days


  • The pregnant accomplice of an equine dental technician (EDT) who was advised he might have to go away the nation subsequent week has described the scenario as “terrible”.

    Sophie Seymour, who runs a education and coaching enterprise in Gloucestershire, has been with James Sheppard for 2 and a half years. However the Australian EDT has been within the UK for 12 years, and spent hundreds on his software for indefinite go away to stay on this nation.

    Sophie advised H&H James has needed to “soar via hoops” on quite a few events over time, throughout which he has made a big optimistic contribution to the UK economic system, and at last, final 12 months, was advised that if he handed the “life within the UK check”, his software would achieve success.

    “He handed first time and mentioned ‘Sure, that’s it’; he simply needed to watch for the go away to stay to be granted,” Sophie mentioned. “Then this morning [6 December] we bought an e mail from the Residence Workplace saying that as a result of he’d travelled outdoors the nation, his software was withdrawn.”

    The e-mail mentioned that James needed to go away the UK by 17 December, or attempt to apply once more, with no assure he can be accepted, and with all the prices and processes to bear as soon as extra.

    “For over eight years, he’s been going to Germany and Dubai, twice a 12 months, to do horses’ enamel,” Sophie mentioned. “We’ve by no means been advised he wasn’t allowed to go overseas, he’s all the time paid UK taxes on what he’s earned abroad, and even the solicitor we work with by no means talked about it. If we’d identified he wasn’t allowed to go overseas, he wouldn’t have executed it.”

    Sophie added that James has all the time paid his taxes – together with £16,000 simply earlier than the Residence Workplace e mail arrived – in addition to taking good care of UK horses’ enamel and using and coaching British individuals.

    “It simply seems like they need increasingly more cash from him,” she mentioned, including that her main fear is that hers and James’s child is due subsequent month.

    “I don’t need to have this child alone,” she mentioned. “I’m too pregnant to fly; individuals have mentioned ‘Simply go along with him’ but when he bought deported, I wouldn’t be capable to go along with him. It’s terrible. He’s executed all the things he’s imagined to do however they don’t appear to care. I don’t know what to do subsequent.”

    H&H contacted the Residence Workplace yesterday and at the moment (7 December) a spokesman mentioned: “Immigration guidelines clearly state as soon as an software for go away to stay is submitted, candidates can not journey outdoors the frequent journey space till a call is reached in any other case will probably be deemed withdrawn.

    “We can be in contact with Mr Sheppard and are contemplating his software.”

    Sophie added at the moment that the Residence Workplace mentioned, given the circumstances, the withdrawal has itself been withdrawn, James’s software has been reinstated and a call is due subsequent week.

    “I’ve little question that this entire U-turn has nothing to do with the circumstances, and all the things to do with the unfavorable press they’ve acquired since we went public,” she mentioned.

    “So many others have been deported in comparable circumstances and it’s so, so flawed. My coronary heart breaks for many who aren’t so lucky. The immigration system wants to vary, hopefully our story will assist that.”

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