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"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday 18 March 2014

‘I do not want to be separated from my husband’ - east Norfolk couple facing immigration battle


'A husband and wife locked in a “nightmare” immigration battle are fighting to stay together on the Norfolk coast.

'More than 400 people have signed a petition backing Newport couple Arlene and Stephen Watty in their struggle against deportation.

'Forty-five-year-old Arlene, who works full time at a care home in Hemsby, moved to the UK from the Philippines in 2009.

'She arrived on a student visa, studying health and social care, and a year later fell in love with a neighbour, Stephen, and the couple married in 2012.

'As her student visa expired, Arlene applied for leave to remain - the common route for foreign nationals who marry British citizens.

'But her application was refused and now the couple have now lost their appeal. Two weeks ago, a Home Office judge ruled that sending Arlene back would not be “disproportionate or unjustifiably harsh” and the couple, if they want to stay together, could leave Britain and live in the Philippines.

'“I do not want to be separated from my husband,” said Arlene.'

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