Please support this campaign if you can. There is a facebook group you can join at Operation Keep Sami in U.K
This seems to be a case of an over zealous bureaucrat. As an immigrant myselves to the UK- I think this is unfair on the family especially considering the unique circumstances. See more about their story on the BBC The Army wife who faces deportation
Outline from their facebook page below
This group has been created so I can keep you all updated on my deportation drama.
I am overwhelmed with the support, information and kind words I have been e-mailed and am VERY appreciative of even the smallest e-mail just stating you care. I may not reply but please don’t think I am being ignorant I am simply throwing myself into doing what ever I can to keep my family together and am taking ALL advice!
Tell your friends, there friends and there friend’s friends because someone somewhere knows something!
To quickly bring you all up to date, and to tell those who don’t know, a bit about the situation. The details of my situation are as follows; and from now on I will also post any new information and each outcome.
I am Samantha, a Canadian national, who on October 25th 2004 married a British soldier (and full British citizen). We moved to and lived in Germany as Andy was stationed there and I obtained a Status stamp by the Britsih Embassy in Düsseldorf . This cost 15 Euro and allowed me in the country for 5 years. We were advised to apply for the relevant visa once we were at our new base in the UK(at a cost of £400 and have done so). Unfortunately, I have been refused the visa and it is highly likely I will need to leave the country and return to my country of origin (Canada) to reapply for the relevant visa.
The reason we were given for my being rejected is “You have applied for leave to remain in the United Kingdom on the basis of your marriage to Andrew Douglas Crozier. However the Immigration rules direct that a person seeking such leave is to be refused if they do not meet the requirements set out in the immigration rules as amended by HC 538. This includes that the applicant has limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom other then where that leave is of 6 months duration or less. On 30 October 2007 you were granted limited leave to enter as a visitor for a period of 6 months from 30 October 2007 until 30 April 2008 therefore you do not meet the requirements of having limited leave for a period of more than 6 months in the United Kingdom”. They also finished this letter with “You are not entitled to appeal this decision. Section 82 Nationality Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 does not provide a right appeal where an applicant still has leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom and so is entitled to stay here.”
This all means because I entered U.K. LEGALLY like anyone was granted 6 months in the country, if I was smuggled in I would be ok! My children are now going to face the same problem going to Canada seeing as they are British citizens. What would happen if Andy passed away? I would be granted 90 days in our house to sort myself and move to Canada, as for the kids I don’t even know what would honestly happen to them!
I have written to our local MP, Border of Immigration, and many Army personnel and not one person seems able to help me apart from telling me to go back to Canada pay £400 again and hope for the best! This will mean leaving my kids and Andy behind and a response can take up to a year.
Please help me fight and win this battle to stay with my family where I rightfully belong.