Professor decries lack of help for son-in-law stuck in Syria.
'THE father of a Scotswoman whose husband is trapped in Syria has criticised the Home Office for not doing enough to help those who have spouses trapped in war zones.
'Professor William Gilmore's daughter Christine is married to Ziad Arabi-Katbi and awaiting a Home Office decision on his visa to come to the UK.
'He is currently stranded in Damascus while the British Embassy in Amman holds his passport as they review his application.
'Yesterday Foreign Secretary William Hague held talks with American Secretary of State John Kerry, who described the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a "humanitarian catastrophe of global proportions".
'However Professor Gilmore has spoken out about the "lack of joined up thinking" by the UK Government, particularly the Home Office's "business-as-usual response".
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Missed deadlines, lost wedding certificates, and baffling incompetence: Welcome to the Home Office.
'We got married at the tail-end of 2012, and were then planning to return to the UK. By now, that little idea I came up with was running gangbusters, and my bonnie lass was ready for a change of career — no longer wanting to work in special effects, she was showing her Silicon Valley roots by seeking work at a tech start-up.
'But first, we have to get a Magical Piece of Paper from the Home Office, confirming that she is not one of them illegals. Of course, that would be easy, right? I am an EU citizen, she is married to an EU citizen; I have a job, we have a lovely flat, and we are married — happy, and rosy as can be, right?
'I’ll just wait for a few seconds until you’ve stopped laughing at our naïveté...
Family migration is back on the agenda - via Migrants Rights Network.
'Summer may be nearly over, but the heat is rising on the family migration rules.
'Last night in Parliament, MPs again debated the devastating impacts of the rules. There is clearly growing support across the political parties for a rethink. Yesterday’s Channel 4 report ( http://www.channel4.com/news/visa-spouse-migration-uk-law-eu ) also showed the public concern about this issue.
'This autumn we will be working with Parliamentarians to build the campaign for change. It is vital that we bring new MPs, especially Conservative MPs who have been lobbied by constituents like you, on board.
'Help the campaign by telling us where your MP stands on family migration.