Gran ‘happy to be home’ af­ter de­por­ta­tion or­deal

The Chronicle - - News - By KALI LIND­SAY kali.lind­say@trin­i­tymir­ @Kal­iALind­say Re­porter

A COUNTY Durham gran who was de­ported de­spite liv­ing in Bri­tain for 30 years has fi­nally re­turned home.

Irene Clen­nell was placed in an im­mi­gra­tion de­ten­tion cen­tre be­fore be­ing de­ported to Sin­ga­pore ear­lier this year.

The 53-year-old, from Ous­ton, who is the main carer for her Bri­tish hus­band John, had to re-ap­ply for per­mis­sion to re­turn and live in the UK af­ter be­ing sent back.

The Home Of­fice granted her a spousal visa last week.

And on Wed­nes­day she landed back in the UK to be re­united with her fam­ily.

She said: “I am so happy to be home. It feels fan­tas­tic and it is good to see my fam­ily – I have friends com­ing to see me as well.”

With just £12 in her pocket, Irene was taken from her home with no change of clothes.

The mother-of-two was given min­utes to say good­bye to her loved ones.

Irene lost her in­def­i­nite leave to re­main due to spend­ing long stretches of time in Sin­ga­pore over the last three decades to care for her dy­ing par­ents.

She was held in a Scot­tish de­ten­tion cen­tre for sev­eral weeks be­fore be­ing de­ported back to Sin­ga­pore in Fe­bru­ary.

She said: “Know­ing I do not have to worry about putting in an­other ap­pli­ca­tion for a visa for two and a half years is good.”

The Gov­ern­ment said her lat­est visa ap­pli­ca­tion meets the im­mi­gra­tion rules for en­ter­ing the UK.

A state­ment added: “This does not negate the pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion which was the re­sult of Mrs Clen­nell hav­ing en­tered the UK as a vis­i­tor, over­stay­ing her leave to re­main and mak­ing sev­eral ap­pli­ca­tions while in the UK which did not meet the im­mi­gra­tion rules.

“Dur­ing that time, it was open to her to leave the UK vol­un­tar­ily at any time in or­der to reap­ply un­der the cor­rect route as she has now done.”

A Go­FundMe page was set up to help raise le­gal fees for her case, which passed £55,000.

Irene Clen­nell was de­ported to Sin­ga­pore

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