News Archive - February 2019

UK Security Guard Held in Immigration Detention After His Relationship Ends

27 Feb 2019 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A security guard responsible for helping to protect Princess Anne was held in immigration detention and separated from his toddler after a mix up with his UK work permit this year. The Home Office was tipped off about Lydon Van Der Westhuizen ending his relationship with his child's mother. Originally, when Lydon entered the UK, he was granted a spouse visa. This allowed him to come to the UK from his home country of South Africa, with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Lydon had not committed any criminal offences when he was detained on the morning of the 6th of February. He received clearance at the end of 2018 in the form of a UK work permit that allowed him to work in the security industry. His UK work permit was granted after Lydon went through extensive background and criminal checks in both his home country and the UK.

Despite this, when Lydon's spouse visa ended, enforcement officers took him to the immigration removal centre close to Heathrow, where he was held for 6 days. The Home Office told the press that they had informed the SIA of the man's right to work. Using this information, the SIA delivered an immigration UK permit that licensed Lydon work for 3 years in a security position. However, just a week later, the Home Office said that his leave had been curtailed.

According to officials, Van Der Westhuizen was informed that his indefinite leave to remain in the UK would be curtailed within 2 months. However, Lydon claims that he never received this email. Additionally, Van Der Westhuizen assumed that because he was still married, while separated, his spouse visa would still be valid. Currently, Lydon is working alongside UK immigration consultants to apply for a parental visa with the Home Office. Hopefully, this will allow him to continue looking after his British child.