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NZ family fights to stay in UK

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/08/2016

A New Zealand family farming in Dorset are fighting to stay in the UK after missing a paperwork deadline.

The "hard-working and honest" family of four are calling on UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill to intervene and save them from deportation, the Daily Mail reports. Their plight is also covered in the Express.

Louise and John Talbot and their sons Edward and Charles have been living in the UK since 2010 and qualified because Mrs Talbot's grandmother was born in the UK.

Their visas were due to expire in May. They had to apply for indefinite leave to stay 28 days before then, pass a life in the UK test and meet other criteria.

Their son Charles was studying for exams and did not pass the test until after the deadline. Edward was born in the UK and so has dual citizenship.

Their passports were seized and they were told they could not appeal. They have now been told to leave the UK voluntarily or be liable for enforced removal.

Several thousand people have commented on the stories about the family on media websites, including anti refugee rants and support for the farming family from New Zealand.

The New Zealand family has ancestors who fought for Britain in wars.

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