UK visas de­clined for mom’s fi­nal farewell

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: I HAVE lived in the United King­dom since 1973. I have four broth­ers liv­ing in Ja­maica. Our mother has lived in the UK since 1961. She had left us in Ja­maica with friends and rel­a­tives to seek a bet­ter life.

My mom died on Septem­ber 23, and as I am her only off­spring liv­ing here in Eng­land, I in­vited two of my broth­ers up for her fu­neral. Their stay here would be to­tally at my ex­pense. They haven’t seen our mother since 1997 when she last vis­ited Ja­maica.

I for­warded all the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments re­quired to process my broth­ers’ ap­pli­ca­tions for vis­i­tor’s visas to the UK, along with the ex­tra fee re­quired for an ex­press ser­vice, as the fu­neral will be on Novem­ber 17.

The ap­pli­ca­tions were de­clined on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 29 on the grounds that they weren’t fi­nan­cially sta­ble and didn’t have enough ties for them to re­turn to Ja­maica. In the past, I have en­ter­tained my dad (now de­ceased) here for six months’ va­ca­tion, one of my broth­ers, at least, on three dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions, and my sis­ter-in-law on one oc­ca­sion. Not once did any of my pre­vi­ous guests from Ja­maica over­stay their time here.

This re­fusal to is­sue my broth­ers with a visa to at­tend our mother’s fu­neral is heart­break­ing.

We are gut­ted, and I am clutch­ing at straws by send­ing this email. Is there any­thing any­one in Ja­maica can do to plead our cause? My fam­ily and I would be eter­nally grate­ful if some­one could ren­der any as­sis­tance. MURIEL MOORE (PAT) pat­moore18@hot­

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