Leeds veteran fears family will be ‘torn apart’ over visa row

The Coulson family from Pudsey, Leeds
The Coulson family from Pudsey, Leeds
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A Leeds army veteran fears his family will be ripped apart over fears his wife could be deported to Canada with their three children.

Raymond Coulson met his wife Shainie while he served in Canada in 2006 - but he was posted back to the UK three years later.

Mrs Coulson and the couple’s three children were given permission to remain in the country for three years in 2010.

The family moved to Pudsey, in Leeds, in 2011 but last week they claim they were told that Mrs Coulson and their children have been refused permission to remain in the UK.

They say she will be forced to return to Canada with the children because Mr Coulson is no longer serving in the army.

The couple fear their family will be ripped apart by the recent decision made by the UK Border Agency.

The 42-year-old, who has been married for eight years, said: “It is going to break us up.

“It means my wife and children will go to Canada where they will be homeless and I will be left here in the UK without my family.

“They are going to break my family up.

“It is discrimination because I am no longer serving in the army.”

Mr Coulson, who joined the military in around 1989, lived in the market town until he made the brave decision to fight for Queen and country.

During his time in the army he served in several regiments including the Royal Artillery.

Mr Coulson decided to retire and finish his army career in 2011 following his 22 year stint.

The family then decided to settle down in Pudsey where Mr Coulson’s parents still live.

He started work as a telephone engineer and his wife is a teaching assistant.

And now they fear their three Canadian-born children, who are aged 12, 13 and 14, will be forced to leave their schools and studies behind if the family are deported.

Mr Coulson said that his oldest son, who is due to turn 15 next month, is currently studying for his GCSE examinations and is planning his career.

Mr Coulson added: “People have been gobsmacked and they just can’t believe it.

“The kids just can’t stop crying.”

The family are planning to launch an appeal against the decision made by the UK Border Agency.

A spokesman from the Home Office said: “All applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.”

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