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Leeds family’s fight against deportation

Syed Subzwari with his wife Samina and children Aala (4) and Najib (15 months), who is fighting the Home Office to stay in the UK.  (1002/35c) Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Syed Subzwari with his wife Samina and children Aala (4) and Najib (15 months), who is fighting the Home Office to stay in the UK. (1002/35c) Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe.

A Leeds mum is fighting to keep her family together after her husband was refused permission to stay in the UK.

Syed Subzwari, who was born in Pakistan and lived in America, is appealing against the Home Office’s decision to refuse him permission to remain in the city with his family.

And his wife Samina fears her husband will not be able to return to the country if he goes to visit his dying mother in Pakistan.

Syed, 65, married Samina, 38, in 2009 and their two children Aala, four, and Najib, 15 months, were born in the UK.

Syed, who has a visitor visa, said: “It is very frustrating and I just cannot sleep.

“On the one side it is my children and on the other side I have my mum who is seriously ill. I just don’t know what to do.”

Syed moved to America from Pakistan after he started working for a US oil company in Saudi Arabia.

He met Samina, who was born and raised in the UK, in 2008 and the couple were married at a church in Harehills the following year.

They decided to apply to the Home Office for permission for Syed to remain in the UK permanently with his family two years ago, but their bid was refused.

The couple, who live in Harehills, are waiting for the outcome of an appeal to the Upper Tribunal, which was heard in Bradford last month.

Samina added: “This just means everything to me. They are my children and he is my husband and I don’t see why we should be split up like this.

“This has been going on for two years now and it is extremely stressful.”

A Home Office spokesperson said:“The onus is on the individual to ensure their application is in line with the Immigration Rules, and the rules clearly state that an individual cannot be given leave to remain with their family while they are in the UK on a visitor visa. The decision to refuse Mr Subzwari’s application has been upheld by an independent immigration judge.”

 

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