Husband of Borehamwood mother-to-be denied visa to see daughter born

Borehamwood Times: Emma Hassine with a picture of her husband Othman Emma Hassine with a picture of her husband Othman

A mother-to-be faces giving birth alone after her husband was refused permission to come to this country in her hour of need.

Emma Hassine, 25, who is seven and a half months pregnant, married her husband Othman, 21, a Tunisian national, in May this year.

They couple had hoped to live together in Borehamwood.

But soon after they got married, she lost her job, meaning she was no longer earning enough to sponsor a spousal visa for her husband to live with her in the UK.

Mrs Hassine, who lives in Martins Walk in Borehamwood, then applied for a six-month family visit visa so her husband could be in the country to witness the birth of his daughter and help his wife in the first difficult months.

However, the UK Border Agency refused their application on the grounds it did not believe he would return home at the end of that time.

A change in the law made in June means her husband has no right to appeal the decision.

Mrs Hassine said she was “astonished” her husband had been denied permission.

She added: “It is absolutely ludicrous. He has extremely strong family ties in Tunisia; he has every intention of returning when his time in the UK is up as he would not risk never seeing his family again.

“We provided sufficient evidence to show I would support and accommodate him whilst he was in the UK.”

She said she thought her husband was being punished because he did not have a good enough job, adding his human rights, including his right to family life, were being contravened by the refusal.

Mrs Hassine, who is currently training to be a hairdresser, said she was terrified at the prospect of being without her husband during the birth of her first child in February.

She said: “We are both devastated and feel that this special time in both out lives has just been filled with stress and upset.

“We feel stuck on what to do and where to go. I think it is a very serious matter that genuine families are being kept apart in this kind of situation.

“No one has the right to keep families apart. This is causing me major stress and upset through my pregnancy. I just want my husband with me.”

Mrs Hassine has launched an online petition to raise awareness of her situation and ask for the law to be changed.

She said: “The right of appeal for a family visit visa has stopped and time is running out. 

“Something has to happen. Immigration laws have to be changed.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “Applications for visit visas will be refused if prospective travellers fail to provide sufficient evidence to demonstrate their intention to leave the UK at the end of the planned trip.”

The petition can be found here.
 

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2:13pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Unsullied says...

Well done the UK Border Agency. Emma why don't you have your child in Tunisia if being with your husband means that much to you?
Well done the UK Border Agency. Emma why don't you have your child in Tunisia if being with your husband means that much to you? Unsullied

10:52pm Wed 11 Dec 13

joe7788 says...

Hi there.
I am foreign person in UK and my advice to you is that, United Kingdom is finished and very expensive to live in this country. The worst part of this situation is this young man l believe he want to come to England and to live here. But he don't understand the British life and the society , l guarantee you he will miss his family and friends, of cause the life in this country is very lonely life it is harrabol. I lived in UK for the past 38 years and believe me l don't have even one person as a good friend. The biggest mistake l have made in my life and l never thought about it was its my pension. I am today doing very possibility to complete the 32 years working in this country just to qualify for my state of pension. As soon l get my pension documents completed then I will leave this country once and for all. My advice for you and your husband you should live in Tunisia this is my best bet. Good luck.
Hi there. I am foreign person in UK and my advice to you is that, United Kingdom is finished and very expensive to live in this country. The worst part of this situation is this young man l believe he want to come to England and to live here. But he don't understand the British life and the society , l guarantee you he will miss his family and friends, of cause the life in this country is very lonely life it is harrabol. I lived in UK for the past 38 years and believe me l don't have even one person as a good friend. The biggest mistake l have made in my life and l never thought about it was its my pension. I am today doing very possibility to complete the 32 years working in this country just to qualify for my state of pension. As soon l get my pension documents completed then I will leave this country once and for all. My advice for you and your husband you should live in Tunisia this is my best bet. Good luck. joe7788

1:59pm Thu 12 Dec 13

kelvin says...

Well Goodbye Joe.
Well Goodbye Joe. kelvin

10:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Borehamwood John says...

I'm sorry but if he has extremely strong family ties in Tunisia, why doesn't she go and live in Tunisia.
I'm sorry but if he has extremely strong family ties in Tunisia, why doesn't she go and live in Tunisia. Borehamwood John

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