Wednesday, 21 December 2016 07:11

HOME OFFICE SHOWING ‘UTTER DISREGARD’ FOR INVERNESS COUPLE

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SHOCK AS BUSINESS OWNERS GIVEN DAYS TO LEAVE BY UK GOVERNMENT
 
SNP MP Drew Hendry has said that the UK Government’s treatment of an Inverness couple is another example of a ‘ruthlessly dogmatic Home Office’ that once again shows ‘utter disregard’.


 
Home Office officials are demanding that the Felbers – who run a Bed and Breakfast in Inverness -  make arrangements to leave the UK within 30 days. The couple received the notification by letter, amongst their cards from family and friends, only a week before Christmas.
 
Russell and Ellen Felber - originally from New York - came to the UK in 2011. Since then they have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds to set up a thriving business in Inverness.
 
Earlier this year the Home Office denied their application to remain in the UK despite the couple responding that they have fully complied with all previous visa conditions.
 
They have been sent a letter that informs them they have a mere 30 days to leave the UK and they face stark consequences if they don’t comply. This comes in spite of assurances from the Immigration Minister he would look into the case following a meeting in November with MP Drew Hendry to which there has been no reply.
 
Drew Hendry, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey commented:
 
"This is yet another case where a couple, working hard, being successful and adding to our community and local economy are being forced out of Scotland by a ruthlessly dogmatic Home Office with utter disregard.
 
“To see yet another case of folk, valued and welcomed by their neighbours,being treated so heartlessly is just another signal of the UK government’s lack of understanding of the Highlands and its people.
 
‘’I have, again, asked for an urgent meeting and have written to the Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, seeking a halt to this order whilst further discussions take place."
 
Coverage of the Felber’s case:
http://www.thenational.scot/news/14976245.Deportation_for_Christmas__Home_Office_condemned_for_action_against_US_couple_in_the_Highlands/

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