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David Cameron.

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Scots father reveals his heartache as immigration laws prevent his Japanese wife and son from living in Scotland


'A SCOTTISH man has been left heartbroken after immigration laws barred his family from moving to his homeland.

'Phillip Malloy, 32, was told that his Japanese wife Kyoko and their son Joshua cannot come to the UK because he doesn't earn enough money.

'Immigration rules state that Philip has to earn £18,600 a year before Kyoko will be granted a visa.

'The administration assistant from Kilwinning, Ayrshire, currently earns £14,500.

'Phillip said: "I feel let down by my country.

'"I'm being denied my human rights to have a family."

'Phillip met massage therapist Kyoko five years ago while he was working as an English teacher in Japan.

'The couple married in 2011 and son Joshua, who is classed as a British citizen, was born a year later.

'The family moved to Scotland in April 2013, but Kyoko, 32, was only granted a six-month family visitor’s visa to enter the UK.

'After her visa expired last October, she was forced to return to Japan and she took two-year-old Joshua with her.

'Phillip has been trying to get them back into the UK ever since, but he feels helpless because of the salary rule.'

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