Pinay in UK with wrong visa faces deportation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2014 06:32 PM | Updated as of Oct 26 2014 02:32 AM

MANILA -- A Filipina is facing deportation from the United Kingdom for carrying the wrong visa.

In a report posted on its website, BBC said Filipina Mae Draper, who has been married to Bristol Kevin Draper for 20 years, may be deported for carrying a visitor visa instead of a spousal visa.

Kevin and Mae got married in the 1990s and spent six months in Bristol before moving to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Kevin and their daughter Rhian moved to England three years ago while Mae visited her father in the Philippines.

Kevin and Rhian expected Mae to join them in England within a few months, but it took a year and a half to get a visa to come to the UK.

That visa turned out to be the wrong one.

Kevin said his wife was not ''properly'' advised on what type of visa to get.

Now, UK’s Home Office is telling Mae she must leave UK to apply for a spousal visa.

"The immigration rules make clear that it is not possible for a visitor to switch to a spouse visa," a Home Office spokesperson said.

Kevin said it could take two years before his wife “is allowed back to see her child again.”

Chris Skidmore, Kingswood Conservative Member of the Parliament, said the Drapers’ story is “tragic, distressing, and totally unnecessary.”

"I believe it makes perfect common sense that Mae should be allowed to stay," he added.