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Sheffield MP helps father-to-be in immigration battle

Philippino woman Ella Queppett and her Sheffield partner Marc Hanson. Ella has been refused a visa to come to the UK

Philippino woman Ella Queppett and her Sheffield partner Marc Hanson. Ella has been refused a visa to come to the UK

SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield is to meet with the immigration minister on behalf of a father-to-be facing heartbreak after his pregnant Filipino girlfriend was refused a visa to enter the UK.

Marc Hanson, from Sheffield, fell in love with Ella Quepet three years ago when the pair were working on ferries from Hull.

After Filipino staff were laid off in favour of Eastern Europeans, Ella returned to her home and Marc followed.

But Marc is on a tourist visa so is unable to work and the couple, both aged 28, want to return to the UK.

Labour MP Mr Blomfield raised the issue with Home Secretary Theresa May in the House of Commons.

He said: “Does the Home Secretary recognise that this case highlights the way in which the inflexibility of her new rules is unfairly preventing many British citizens bringing their partners to the UK?

“And will she meet with me and Marc’s parents to consider their case for their family to be united?”

Mr Blomfield said he has now received a written response to his questions.

He said: “Immigration Minister Mark Harper replied and has agreed to a meeting.”

Marc and his family have flown to the Philippines as Ella is due to give birth to a son in the next few days.

Marc’s parents Kim and Robert Hanson, of Walkley, are setting up a business and will offer their son a job.

They have also pledged to help the couple using their combined £70,000 annual income to ensure Ella is not a ‘burden’ on the state.

But a change in the rules means third party income cannot be considered and Marc must spend 12 months in the UK to ‘prove’ he can earn sufficient income.

He can bring his son with him but Ella would have to stay in the Philippines pending a new visa application.

 
 
 

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