Today, it has been reported that the refusal of a Visitor Visa for Pakistani parents of a severely disabled young man based in Dundee, Scotland has gone unresolved. Mohammed Hussain and Saffia Bibi Hussain made headlines last year when their UK Visitor Visa was refused despite obtaining numerous UK Visitor Visas to see their son previously. The legal guardian of Mr and Mrs Hussain’s son is a relative based in Scotland and he was due to have crisis talks with the UK Home Office last month. Unfortunately due to a misunderstanding the meeting never happened and Mr and Mrs Hussain have yet to see their son.
UK Home Office Refusal Goes Unresolved
Tubarik is a 20 year old man is a severely mentally handicapped individual who is currently based in Scotland with his legal guardian Sandy Sarwar. Due to Tubarik disability he is unable to travel to Pakistan to visit his family. Last spring Mr and Mrs Hussain made a UK Visitor Visa to see Tubarik but was refused by the Home Office. The couple attempted to make another visa application but this was also refused. The visa applications were refused on the basis that the Home Office believed that they would not return to Pakistan. This is surprising considering the fact that the couple have visited Tubarik in Scotland several times and complied with their visa conditions.
After receiving the refusal Tubarik’s guardian Sandy Sarwar was due to hold crunch talks last month with a Home Office official in Glasgow, accompanied by Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie. When both Mr Sarwar and Mr Hosie made their way to Glasgow they were told that the Home Office official that they were meant to be meeting was making his way to Dundee. Understandably Mr Sarwa was furious and demanded a resolution.
“… nobody at the Home Office seemed to know about the meeting. I couldn’t believe it when they said the guy had gone up to Dundee instead. The two women said we’d just have to re-apply. So that’s another £83 per person — Tubarik’s parents have spent hundreds trying to get here. I feel like they’re fobbing us off — that the Home Office is just a money-making machine. It also shows how organised they are if they can’t even organise a meeting properly.”
Mr and Mrs Hussain now plan to make a third Visitor Visa application with the intention of providing ‘as many details about their possessions in Pakistan as possible’, to prove to the UK Home Office that they will return to Pakistan once their visa expires.
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