She may have a chance yet!
Despite X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu being eliminated from the competition and currently facing deportation, her family's lawyer is apparently ready to battle the courts to ensure that they can stay in the UK!
It was reported earlier that Nhengu's mother, Nokuthula Ngazana, was allowed to live in the country with her daughter as her dependant while she was a nursing student, but was her application for a visa was denied because she allegedly claimed benefits that she wasn't qualified for.
Their lawyer, Frances Farrell, explains:
"It's difficult for me to comment without seeing the written decision but I think their position is going to be that the original application was not on time. That then deprives my client of her normal full rights of appeal to the immigration tribunal. If that is the case, if she has been deprived by the Home Office of her right to appeal, let me make it crystal clear that we will be fighting this all the way to the Court of Session in Edinburgh by judicial review. There was a very slight error due to bank details, but the Home Office led us to believe that was no longer a problem, and I was fully expecting this visa to be granted. She was advised initially by her accountant to apply for working tax credits and then in actual fact was told by the Inland Revenue that she was fully entitled to this. She did everything absolutely above board."
And even politicians are speaking out on behalf of the reality star and her family!
Keith Brown, who is a member of Scottish Parliament, says:
"I have known her for a number of years and heard her sing many times. She is the kind of hardworking talent we should have in Scotland. Her mother has always been described to me as a model and hardworking student who is now serving as a nurse, and if there are any problems over the family's status we should work to resolve them, not see them sent away. UK immigration and the Home Office need to explain why a talented and hardworking family is facing this situation."
We're thrilled that Nhengu's noteriety is getting this situation the press it deserves!
It would be so unfortunate to see them deported, especially if this was all a miscommunication, as their lawyer is claiming!
Makes us wonder how many other families are forced to leave under similar circumstances! Hopefully this incite the government to pay closer attention to those who would normally otherwise fall through the cracks of the system!
What do U think?? Should Nhengu and her family get to stay in UK??
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