By: Marah Sharba
Immigrants arrive to a new country carrying their dreams, but sometimes these dreams face paperwork difficulties.
To shed light on that, the journalist Savannah Al-Badri organized a meeting between one of the immigrant families” Zeina Al-Taima” and immigration and passport affairs expert” Nadia Bazzaz” in her weekly program” Arab Stop London” which discusses immigrants difficulties obtaining a visa in Britain, and to explain all the required and correct procedures to obtain residency to her viewers.
Zeina Al-Taima and her family left Iraq five years ago to start an investment in Britain by opening a restaurant and things went smoothly for 3 years until the residency renewal date!
Zeina has summarized her story: her file was rejected 3 times because of the restaurant workers, then she had to start a new file which was also rejected for the same reason! because workers’ situation and their costs were not clear in “Home Office” in details!
Lawyer Nadia explained that the reason for the refusal is the workers, and the lawyer in charge of the case must attach a clarification letter to the file stating workers’ expenses details and that” Mrs. Zeina is married and fully supported by her husband “.
Zeina continued her story to say that she took her case to the court and won the case, but the Immigration Department (Home Office) did not take the court’s decision into consideration and refused to give her the residency!
So, she started a new file and waited long without any response from the office until they finally told her that no response can be given to the new file before the decision about the old one is made by the Supreme Court. This matter, which the lawyer explained, is completely legal because the reasons of the case are the same in the two files.
Finally, Savannah, shed light on the psychological side of the story by asking Zina about the consequences of the rejection on her daily life.
Zeina was touched when she answered because one of her sons stopped studying and the family lost their residency in Amman, in addition to their complete suspension.
Driven by this answer, Savana asked the viewers “how to avoid these matters in the future?” and lawyer Nadia responded saying that the lawyer must keep up with the file and attach all the required details, and in case of no response, you must go to the court to obtain a ruling.