Stella & Ankush
Stella is a British citizen married Ankush, from India, in 2008. She lived in India with her husband for about three years. They have a daughter together, a British citizen born in India and named her Chloe.
In 2011, Stella had to return to the UK as her mum – her only other relative – was diagnosed withcancer, and Stella needed to look after her mum. In March 2013, Stella’s mum passed away, losing the battle to cancer. Ankush was granted a family visit visa which allowed him to be in the UK to help Stella through this period, for three months, from April 2013.
However he is not allowed to stay here because Stella does not earn £18,600. As a full-time carer for her daughter it is not possible for Stella to work in a job paying that kind of money. However Stella received a significant inheritance from her mum and owns the house they live in, outright. So they have a secure home and no accommodation expenses.
She doesn’t want to uproot her daughter once again and move to India. Her daughter is British and should have the right to a British education. She should also have the right to two parents.
Stella has been reading all she can on the immigration rules, but finds every time she gets her head round them, the government changes them again.
It is not possible for Stella to find a job paying over £18,600 in this climate. Even if she did, most of it would go to pay child care fees, and during this time her daughter would have neither father or mother spending time with her. This process is also likely to take nearly 12 months from when Stella starts a job paying over £18,600 to when Ankush would be allowed in the country.
It seems crazy to her. If her husband was here, either he’d be working, or she would and he would
look after their daughter. Stella would therefore no longer need to claim income support.
As each day passes, Stella’s hearts breaks a little more as she is forced to live without her husband, her daughter without a father, and Ankush without his wife and child.
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