06 October 2010
UK immigration decides X Factor hopeful and family must leave the UK
An X Factor contestant who failed to make it into the final round of the competition has been told she and her family must return to Zimbabwe or face deportation.
Gamu Nhengu, was controversially eliminated from the show last weekend and now her family has been told they must return to their home country by UK immigration.
Nhengu, 18, was allowed to stay in the country as a dependant while her mother, Nokuthula Ngazana, studied at university. Ngazana's UK Visa has expired and the family's application to remain was rejected by the Home Office. The family has now been told to leave the UK voluntarily or face deportation.
Thousands of supporters of Gamu who have signed a petition to have her reinstated on the X Factor are now writing to MPs and immigration officials to protest against the deportation.
Gamu and her family arrived in Scotland from Zimbabwe five years ago. They do not have a right to appeal and the young singer cannot apply separately to remain in this country.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: "The applications made by Ngazana and her family were considered in line with the published immigration rules.
"Ngazana's application was refused as it did not meet all of the conditions for approval. Her family, who had applied as her dependants, were therefore also refused. Where people are found to have no right to remain in the UK, we expect them to leave voluntarily."
A spokesperson for the X Factor denied suggestions that the decision to axe Gamu was influenced by visa issues.
The UK Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their UK Visa applications to the British Embassy.