18 August 2009

UK visa will keep new family together

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A Bradford family are celebrating after the Canadian wife was awarded a UK visa allowing her to stay in the country with her husband and their young baby.

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A young family are celebrating after the Canadian-born wife sucessfully appealed a decision and had her UK visa renewed.

Mark Harper faced a lengthy separation from his Canadian wife Deanna when the Home Office refused to extend her UK visa and she faced having to leave the country and return to Canada.

Mrs Harper told the Telegraph & Argus: “We are excited and relieved. They decided they didn’t want to separate the family because the disruption would have been too big.

“It is great to know that we are finally safe. Everyone has been really supportive. We would like to thank the community, the Telegraph & Argus and our immigration solicitor, Barry Clark, for everything they have done.”

Mrs Harper became pregnant while visiting Mark in England on a six-month temporary UK visa in 2008 and the couple got married.

The couple, of Birkenshaw, Bradford, met over the internet in July 2007 and got engaged five months later.

Only 11 months after their daughter Elianna was born, Mrs Harper learned that her application to extend her UK visa had been refused on the grounds that her circumstances were “not compassionate or compelling enough” but the ruling was sucessfully appealed by the couple at an immigration hearing.

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