It’s three weeks since Owen Paterson wrote to the UK Border Agency on my behalf via Theresa May. Shane is pregnant. Her visa travel date expires on July 14th, and yet she is only a few weeks into her first trimester. Each day is a struggle. Headaches. Dizziness. Throwing up. Peeing all the time. Driving her in the car, she feels every jolt and I have to drop speed to 25 mph on country roads, and take roundabouts at 15 mph. She is in no state to fly back to Manila, or to have her tiny foetus irradiated at British airport departure.
Let’s hope we get a reply from UKBA this week. It is a great worry. The visa is dated November, but as my invitation letter said Shane would leave on July 14th, that is the date we must leave by unless we get permission for her to stay longer. If we overstay Shane would be blacklisted and disqualified from any further visa. To make her fly now would be grossly irresponsible. We enclosed a GP’s letter stating his opinion that Shane should not fly until her 18th week and that only after a further examination, probably around September.
Owen Paterson wrote to Theresa May three weeks ago. It’s time she replied. Time is passing by.
EMAIL REPLY FROM READER – :
I’ve just read The Tap. At a PBLF meeting this morning I talked to ****** ******, who emphasised how important it is for Shane to leave UK by the visa expiry date. In his experience, getting off the blacklist status for overstaying is very difficult.
Poor Shane. It must be rotten to feel so delicate all the time.
MY RESPONSE –
UPDATE – Theresa May The Home Secretary has expressed her opinion that Shane can stay until the expiry date of her Visa, and can leave as and when her medical condition permits. It is a great relief and we are very grateful.