Reprieve for Cricklade mum threatened with deportation
9:00am Monday 7th January 2013 in By Josh Layton
THE mother of a six-month-old baby who faces deportation has had a reprieve from the UK Border Agency to allow her to provide a document – which she says she has sent to them three times before.
Jorlie Cammack, 26, spent Christmas with husband Mark and son Colin at home in Cricklade.
Mark, 40, says they have supplied all the correct documentation, but his wife is still being refused a visa extension on the grounds that they have not provided Colin’s birth certificate.
The couple fear the UKBA has lost or misplaced the document which they say they have sent sending on three previous occasions.
The UKBA said: “No documents have been received by the UKBA and we have agreed to reconsider the application once the correct birth certificate is provided.
“Ms Cammack will face no action from the UKBA while her case is being considered.”
But Mark said they had already sent the organisation the documentation three times.
“We have even had them tracked by Royal Mail and they have gone to the UKBA offices in Sheffield and been signed for.
“The only thing left for us to do is to go to Sheffield in person and hand it over. We are really fed up because we have done everything we have been asked and we just don’t know what is around the corner.
“It is also becoming very expensive to constantly be sending off the same information. My wife is very anxious.”
The couple claim they have been the victims of a series of blunders by the troubled agency.
Mark, a HGV driver, married Jorlie at Swindon Register Office a year ago after they met on an internet dating site.
Jorlie returned to the UK from the Philippines in September last year on a six-month visa, settling with her husband in Saxon Close.
Her first request to remain was initially refused but the agency later approved it after the couple contacted North Wiltshire MP James Gray. Jorlie then applied for a two-year extension to her stay.
They sent off the documentation to the agency in January and received an acknowledgement of the application, which was followed by a letter via Mr Gray’s office several months later, apologising for the delay amid a backlog of complex cases.
The grounds for the refusal of Jorlie’s leave to remain were her alleged late application and a failure to provide a copy of an English language test and Colin’s birth certificate.
The agency is now asking for the birth certificate only to consider her case.
The agency faces two fresh inquiries after a scathing report by a watchdog found it had made virtually no effort to trace more than 120,000 asylum seekers and immigrants.
One of the reviews will assess how officials dealt with 70,000 asylum and migration cases, while another will assess the department’s new performance and compliance unit.
The probes have been ordered by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, after a damning report by John Vine, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration.