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Zim family funeral visa refused for second time

by BBC
16 Jan 2015 at 20:08hrs | Views
A FAMILY whose relatives have been denied visas to attend the funeral of their daughter have been told their applications have been rejected again.

Five-year-old Andrea Gada, of Downland Close in Eastbourne, East Sussex, was hit by a car in the town on 16 December and died the following day.

The prime minister said he would review the case after her grandparents and aunt in Zimbabwe were refused visas.

But the Home Office has again said they will not be allowed entry.

Andrea's parents, Wellington and Charity Gada, are from Zimbabwe and were granted asylum in the UK.

Their daughter's funeral was delayed because the family were refused visas.

Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd raised the matter during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday and said he would act as a guarantor to ensure the relatives returned to Zimbabwe.

David Cameron said he would look at the case and make sure the Home Office had a careful look to see what could be done.

Mr and Mrs Gada have now been told the Home Office has reviewed the case but will still not grant the visas.

In a letter to Mr Lloyd it said it would not overturn the refusal because the family members do not meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Source - BBC