One-year-old Massah was born in the United Kingdom; now ordered to leave to ‘maintain the integrity of immigration laws’ | Politics News

A father whose British-born baby is being threatened with removal from the UK is urging the Home Office to be flexible in the way it applies visa rules.

Massah, who is 13 months old, was born in the Midlands in April last year. Her parents have lived legally in Great Britain since 2021, when her father came to study a doctorate in Jordan and his mother became dependent on him.

They tried to apply for a child dependent visa for their daughter, but this month received a letter from the Home Office telling them that their daughter “will need to leave the UK immediately” and will have to reapply for a visa. foreigner visa.

It’s all because the family went on vacation together abroad in January.

Massah's father, Mohammad, and mother pass
Massah’s father Mohammad and mother are having ‘sleepless nights’, they say

The government letter goes on to say, “In the particular circumstances of your case, it has been concluded that the need to maintain the integrity of the immigration laws outweighs the potential effect on you or your children.”

Massah’s father, Mohammad, says he and his wife have had sleepless nights. Although his parliamentarian and his lawyers have attempted to defend his case, they have made no further progress so far.

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They do not want to have to take their baby to Jordan to reapply due to the current instability in the Middle East and are concerned that even if they did, the application could still be rejected.

Mohammad tells Sky News that his daughter’s relationship with Britain will be changed forever: “I can’t imagine how I can tell her in the future the story that the country you were born in asked you to leave when you were one year old.” old.”

He shows us the large amount of paperwork he has accumulated to find a solution.

The letter from the head office
A letter from the Ministry of the Interior sent to Mohammad

“I’m trying to fix everything. I don’t need to consider a one-year-old baby a stray here,” he said.

A Home Office spokesperson told Sky News: “All visa applications are carefully considered on their individual merits in accordance with immigration rules.

“We are working closely with the parents of this child to ensure they receive the support and direction they need regarding the application.”

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Tightening the UK’s immigration policy has been a key commitment of the government in an effort to reduce the number of people arriving in the country.

Statistics released Thursday showed the network migratory figure has decreased slightly, but it comes as the Prime Minister confirmed that the expulsion of asylum seekers to Rwanda will not take place until after the general elections.

Newly arrived asylum seekers at a reception center in Derby
Newly arrived asylum seekers at a reception center in Derby

The Rwanda plan remains a central Conservative promise, but voters will just have to trust that the planes will start flying without seeing any evidence before election day.

The election campaign will partly focus on the future of asylum seekers.

At a charity in Derby, people who arrived in Britain in small boats still arrive with clothes they were given at a processing center near Dover.

With Labor planning to scrap flights to Rwanda, there is now a chance that many asylum seekers living in fear will never have to face the prospect of being deported to the African nation.

Damil hopes not to be sent to Rwanda
Damil hopes not to be sent to Rwanda

But Damil, from India, is still anxious: “Maybe after the election we will be happy with this because the Labor Party will be our next… I don’t know what is happening.

“Still, we are worried about these things. I am afraid for Rwanda and also for the elections.”

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A man, whom we call Nahom, was detained and taken to a detention center earlier this month.

Just a few days ago he was informed that he had been selected for the first flight to Rwanda, in June.

He spoke to us by phone from the place of expulsion where he had been notified “the first flight to Rwanda will depart on June 24.”

But when we reported on Rishi Sunak’s announcement on Thursday, he said the message gave him “hope” for his situation: “If Labor (wins) there won’t be any flights… That’s good news to hear.”

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