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FarNorth Fri 26-May-17 20:07:24

Dr Kevin Parsons, who lives in Glasgow with his wife and two children, has been ordered to leave the country by June 11 or risk being deported to Canada by the Home Office.

It's beyond ridiculous that Home Office mistakes are resulting in someone who should be entitled to stay in the UK being thrown out, wrecking the research that he is working on with a UK government research grant, and wrecking his life.

In the absence of any MPs to take up Dr Parsons's case, please email the Prime Minister.

Luckygirl Fri 26-May-17 20:32:58

Right arm does not know what the left is doing!

M0nica Sat 27-May-17 19:22:02

This sort of thing happens time and time again, a friend of ours, an academic working on a Home Office research project who was legally in this country took and passed his driving test, for some reason giving him a UK driving licence meant checking on his immigration status, and the Home Office got it wrong and said he was here illegally. Although the university he worked for knew he was here legally they had to suspend him without pay and if it hadn't been for the local MP and his university boss he would have been deported.

Finally after six months, the Home office admitted it had made a mistake, that he was here legally, and he resumed his research work, burdened with a heavy debt to all his friends who had lent him money and provided a roof over his head when he was penniless.

Mind you had he committed a crime, the Home Office would have given him permission to stay because of some technical reason why he could not be deported

Welshwife Sat 27-May-17 19:31:21

We have over the years had several cases of foreign criminals who should have been deported when they finished their sentence being allowed to stay - as to deport them was depriving them of a family life. This criteria does not seem to operate when it is a law abiding foreign national who is deemed to be in UK illegally for some questionable reason even if they are benefitting the UK with the work they are doing.

Christinefrance Sat 27-May-17 20:25:41

I totally agree Welshwife seems they pick on easy targets and no common sense applied.

FarNorth Sat 27-May-17 20:33:12

This is another case just as appalling as your friend's, Monica.

Dr Parsons and his wife were given wrong information by the Home Office re which forms to fill in and when to submit them.
He only found out on May 16 and his current visa expires on June 11. He does not even have an MP to take up his case because of the election.

M0nica Sun 28-May-17 08:49:28

Yes, it is this constant repetition of these mistakes that is so depressing; Dr Parsons and his wife, my friend and at least several other cases that reach the newspapers every year.

The worse thing is; not that the Home Office makes mistakes, but that having made them, they make the innocent victims suffer, rather than admit to the error.

FarNorth Sun 28-May-17 10:01:43

Indeed. It is quite terrifying.

One feels he ought to refuse to leave and should insist that the mess is sorted out.
Yet it's quite possible that that could result in legal action against him and his family leading to further difficulties with residency in their future.

Clearly the Home Office knows​ what has gone wrong, and that it was at fault, yet he is being victimised anyway.