A Shrewsbury woman is facing deportation after 17 years living in the UK. According to the press, Pauline Taylor-French fled her home of Jamaica with her two daughters following period of violent abuse. Pauline's husband says that she has lived legally with a spouse visa in the UK ever since. However, recently, Paula was refused the indefinite leave to remain in the UK. According to the Home Office, all UK work permit and immigration applications are considered in accordance with UK rules.
Mrs Taylor-French originally visited the UK on a series of student UK visas, before she was detained at the Immigration Removal Centre for 24 days in September 2017. During that time, her husband says that she lost over a stone in weight and was on suicide watch while she was being held. When Pauline was released on bail, the engaged couple planned their wedding and were married 16 months ago.
Unfortunately, a spouse visa has not granted Pauline indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The Home Office stated that there was no reason that the couple couldn't continue living together in Jamaica instead. However, the couple sent documents to the Home Office, including photos that showed the violence that Pauline faced in Jamaica. Mrs. Taylor-French currently faces a six-month sentence in prison, and a ten-year ban her re-entry into the UK. Both Pauline and her husband are overwhelmed and shocked by the decision of the home office.
When arguing with the authorities for UK visas, the couples said that not only is all of Pauline's family in the UK, but she has spent 17 years building a life in the country too. Currently, the couple is working with UK immigration lawyers to send a petition to Home Secretary Sajid Javid. The couple's UK immigration consultants believe that they have a strong case for review.