Doctor’s 18-month-old son gets letter from Home Office telling him he must leave the country

The 18-month-old son of an NHS doctor received a letter from the Home Office informing him that he must leave the country. 

Magdi Ibrahim, 43, and his wife April, 30, spoke of their distress after the government wrote to their 18-month-old son Isaac.

The letter, personally addressed to Isaac, was sent to the family just a day after the boy’s sister Eliana was born in the car park of Victoria Hospital in Blackpool, Lancs.

It read: ‘You applied for indefinite leave to remain. I am writing to tell you your application is refused.’ 

Magdi Ibrahim, 43, and his wife April, 30, spoke of their distress after the government wrote to their 18-month-old son Isaac (pictured alongside his new sister Eliana)

Magdi Ibrahim, 43, and his wife April, 30, spoke of their distress after the government wrote to their 18-month-old son Isaac (pictured alongside his new sister Eliana)

Magdi Ibrahim, 43, and his wife April, 30, spoke of their distress after the government wrote to their 18-month-old son Isaac (pictured alongside his new sister Eliana)

Mr Ibrahim said the mess has left the couple suffering from sleepless nights and they are now threatening to quit the country. 

Home Office rules on indefinite leave to remain

An applicant must apply for a Tier 2 General visa if they have been offered a skilled job in the UK.

Anyone applying for the visa to live in the UK needs to be employed by a licensed sponsor, in this case the NHS. Applications cost at least £409 for each person.

Those given a Tier 2 visa can bring family members to the UK as dependents.

He said: ‘We just couldn’t understand why they would refuse our young son when both of his parents have the correct visas.’ 

Mr Ibrahim, from Sudan, started working as a medical practitioner at Victoria Hospital in February after getting a visa to work in the UK.

His wife April, who is originally from the Philippines, was able to come with him because she’s classed as a ‘dependent’.

However immigration officials claimed their youngster is only here on a six-month visitor visa and must leave the country by the end of July. 

‘We were completely shocked,’ Magdi said. ‘I can’t find anyone to help us and it has been very difficult.

‘I don’t know if they need proof that April is here on the application form and I keep thinking that is why it has been refused.

The letter, personally addressed to Isaac (pictured), was sent to the family just a day after the boy's sister Eliana was born in the car park of Victoria Hospital in Blackpool, Lancs

The letter, personally addressed to Isaac (pictured), was sent to the family just a day after the boy's sister Eliana was born in the car park of Victoria Hospital in Blackpool, Lancs

The letter, personally addressed to Isaac (pictured), was sent to the family just a day after the boy’s sister Eliana was born in the car park of Victoria Hospital in Blackpool, Lancs

‘We don’t know what to do about it and we are very worried. I don’t think we will be able to sleep properly until we know he can stay with us.

‘I am frightened that he can stay for only six months and then we don’t know what to do after that.’ 

The couple met while working in a hospital in Abu Dhabi in 2012, when Magdi was working as an emergency physician and April as a laboratory scientist.  

April said: ‘Isaac has nowhere else to go and no one else to look after him. All I keep doing is thinking about his future and what is going to happen.

Eliana is pictured shortly after her dramatic birth in the hospital car park

Eliana is pictured shortly after her dramatic birth in the hospital car park

Eliana is pictured shortly after her dramatic birth in the hospital car park

‘I gave up my career in Australia and would like to settle down here in the UK but I fear we might not be able to now.’

Magdi added: ‘We would have to go back to Australia as April has the right to live there.

‘Although my job is good and Blackpool is where I want to further my career, I have to think of my family first. They are my main priority.’

An applicant must apply for a Tier 2 General visa if they have been offered a skilled job in the UK.

Anyone applying for the visa to live in the UK needs to be employed by a licensed sponsor, in this case the NHS. Applications cost at least £409 for each person.

On the Home Office’s website, it states those given a Tier 2 visa can bring family members with you as dependents.

A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘Issac’s parents completed the wrong application form for their son.

‘We have contacted Issac’s parents, explained the situation and invited them to submit the correct application.’

Magdi and April said they have appealed the Home Office's decision and anxiously await its response

Magdi and April said they have appealed the Home Office's decision and anxiously await its response

Magdi and April said they have appealed the Home Office’s decision and anxiously await its response

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