A TWO-YEAR-OLD girl faces being kicked out the country even though both her parents have British passports because she hasn’t lived continuously in the UK for at least seven years.
Lindsay Dutton, originally from South Africa but now living in Swansea, said the Home Office ruling on her daughter Lucy was “inhumane” and had left her “sick, shaking and sobbing”.
The Home Office refused to extend Lucy’s child visitor visa and Lindsay now needs to stump up £3,000 to appeal the decision.
Lindsay has been told Lucy must leave the country within 14 days if she doesn’t decide to appeal.
It recommends Lucy returns to South Africa – where she has no family members – with her parents.
The family moved to Wales in August 2018.
Lucy’s parents have British passports, but neither was born in the UK.
They claimed citizenship through their parents – something which only extends to one generation, meaning Lucy does not have an automatic right to stay as she was born in South Africa.
Lindsay said the decision had “devastated” the family and they were now sick with worry about their future.
She told BBC Wales: “I can’t sleep at night. If it wasn’t for the support of my colleagues and friends, I’d be a complete mess right now.”
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Lucy’s family have appealed on the grounds of her human rights.
They have been backed by Labour MP for Gower Tonia Antoniazzi.
She tweeted: “This is just heartbreaking and the decision is utter madness”.
The Home Office told the BBC all applications were considered on their individual merits and it would be inappropriate to comment on Lucy’s case as it was ongoing.
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