Dal­ton isn’t be­ing kicked out of the UK Dono­van Ger­main says X Fac­tor win­ner isn’t hav­ing visa is­sues

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT - SHEREITA GRIZZLE STAR Writer

Pro­ducer Dono­van Ger­main is to­day in­sist­ing that a story car­ried by UK tabloid Daily Mail has mis­in­ter­preted the sit­u­a­tion X Fac­tor win­ner Dal­ton Har­ris is cur­rently fac­ing as it re­lates to his travel doc­u­ments. The story, which was pub­lished on Wed­nes­day, said Har­ris would be forced to leave the UK days af­ter win­ning the X Fac­tor crown be­cause his visa is about to ex­pire.

Daily Mail had re­ported that Har­ris is be­ing “forced to leave the UK just days af­ter his show tri­umph as his visa is set to ex­pire.” It also re­vealed that the news has put his sin­gle pro­mo­tion and his place on the X Fac­tor live tour in jeop­ardy. The ar­ti­cle also said that ne­go­ti­a­tions are now un­der way to get Har­ris to stay in the coun­try.

Ger­main said that although Har­ris would have to re­turn to Ja­maica for a short while, he is not hav­ing visa is­sues.

Speak­ing with THE STAR about the ac­tual facts of the story, Ger­main ex­plained that Har­ris was able to com­pete in the in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of spe­cial ar­range­ments es­tab­lished with the UK gov­ern­ment. He re­vealed that Har­ris re­ceived doc­u­ments al­low­ing him to re­main in the coun­try for the du­ra­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion and ex­plained that now that the con­test has ended, Har­ris has to fol­low the pro­to­cols he agreed to by re­turn­ing to Ja­maica.

STAN­DARD PRO­CE­DURE

Ger­main added that be­cause Har­ris would be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the X Fac­tor tour and is sched­uled to con­duct in­ter­views with the me­dia, the 24-year-old Ja­maican would now need to ap­ply for a UK work per­mit. A work per­mit is an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment giv­ing a for­eigner per­mis­sion to take up a job in an­other coun­try. “Dal­ton is not hav­ing visa is­sues. If he’s go­ing to go on the X Fac­tor tour and so on, he’s go­ing to have come back to Ja­maica to get the work per­mit. That’s the stan­dard pro­ce­dure,” he said. “I don’t know the type of visa he has, but it gave him the op­por­tu­nity to go and do the show and that visa doesn’t ex­pire un­til in Jan­uary in any case. He’s not be­ing kicked out of nowhere. He’s just fol­low­ing pro­to­col. That’s all it is.” Since win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day, Har­ris has been con­duct­ing sev­eral in­ter­views across the UK. He is still in the coun­try to­day car­ry­ing out his du­ties as the new­est X Fac­tor cham­pion.

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