UK Backtracks: Grants Visa to Rejected US Resident

UK Backtracks: Grants Visa to Rejected US Resident

The UK Home Office has granted the visa to a mother who wants to travel to the UK to see her seriously ill daughter.

The 61-year-old woman, Fateha Begum, who is a citizen of Bangladesh and holds the US residency permit, was initially blocked from travelling to the UK to see her daughter on the grounds that the UK immigration officials doubted the genuineness of her intentions.

Her daughter, Tunazzina Nizu, is suffering from recurrent ovarian cancer and lives with her husband and two little children in Dagenham. She had completed two unsuccessful chemotherapy rounds and was set to start radiography but was delayed because of kidney failure.

Ms Begum who alternates between the US and Bangladesh, attached to her visa application, documents proving that she was financially buoyant to stay for six weeks in the UK. She also attached a letter her daughter’s oncologist had written in which he described her condition as “very serious.”

Jan Doerfel, Ms Begum’s lawyer, threatened a judicial review over his client’s unsuccessful visa application. He accused the Home Office of “systematically failing” to follow immigration rules which are part of a mission to cut down on the rate of entry into the UK, no matter what.

He described his client’s visa refusal as inhumane and unlawful and that it was another illustration of the negligence and lack of adherence to the immigration rules as practiced by the Home Office.

The reversal

The Home Office surprisingly sent Ms Begum an email within twelve hours after the case was reported, informing her that they had “exceptionally overturned” their decision in the light of additional evidence and information they got.

Surprisingly, the family did not provide any additional evidence after the first application.

The Home Office, in their letter, stated that their initial refusal to grant her a visa was correct but that they reversed that decision after considering the compassionate story surrounding her application in addition to the additional evidence and information they received.

Jan Doerfel expressed his delight for his client and her family but added that it was slightly scandalous that the Home Office refused to acknowledge that their initial decision was unlawful and consequently, tender a necessary apology to his client.

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