DECEMBER 9, 2022
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‘Inhumane’: UK Home Office refuses visas to children of migrant mothers

‘Inhumane’: UK Home Office refuses visas to children of migrant mothers

The UK Home Office is denying visas to the children of migrant single mothers in the health sector saying there are “no compelling reasons” to grant them, according to an investigation.

An Observer investigation revealed on Saturday that the Home Office is systematically barring young children from joining their mothers in Britain despite extensive proof that the women working in the UK are their primary caregivers, bearing “sole responsibility” for the children.

The women, moved to Britain from countries including Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, and India left their children – some as young as two – in the temporary care of relatives or friends.

They say before leaving they had been reassured by their employers that their children would be able to follow, in line with current immigration rules permitting healthcare workers to bring close family members. But when they applied for the children’s visas, the applications were rejected.

In refusal letters seen by the Observer the Home Office asked the applicants why the children needed to come and why couldn’t they continue to stay with their grandparents or other relatives as long as they worked in the UK.

Some refusal letters by the Home Office asked why the child could not go to live with the father, even though their mother had sole custody or the father had not seen the children for years.

Some letters, addressed directly to the children, said, “It was your mother’s personal decision to depart for the UK and you have not provided sufficient evidence to grant your visa on serious or compelling grounds.”

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