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To: Home Office
Allow Icilda Williams to visit her family
Let a retired NHS nurse visit her family in the country she gave 30 years of care to.
Why is this important?
Icilda Williams, an 83 year old widowed nurse, has again been denied entry back into the UK from Jamaica after applying for Visas to see her family, whom she has not been allowed to visit for years.
After giving 30 years of her life, love and care to the NHS here in the UK, she wishes only to spend some time with her grandchildren - some of whom she hasn't been able to meet due to the repeated refusal of entry.
There is no reason for the Home Office to be denying Mrs. Williams the opportunity to see her family - after three decades of caring for children with mental illnesses this decision is outrageous. As Mrs. Williams says herself:
“I’m 83, and no one knows how long we have to live. I want to visit my sister’s grave in Nottingham. I want to see members of my family who are sick. I have great-grandchildren who don’t know me. We are a very, very close family and I’m scared I’ll never see them all together again. I don’t understand it: I lived and worked in Great Britain nearly all my life. I looked after the country’s children."
A lawyer hired by the family to help apply for a Visitor's Visa says the refusal of her claim 'is baseless'. Mrs. Williams then received a ten-year ban from visiting using any further Visa applications. Despite being a Commonwealth citizen, applications for a certificate of entitlement to Right of Abode were also refused on the basis that it is of no relevance to human rights.
Join us in fighting this decision and standing up for what is unquestionably a human right - the right to see your family. We are calling on the Home Office to review Icilda Williams' Visa application and let her see her loved ones again.
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