South Coast pensioner faces UK deportation

2016-01-14 06:00
Photo: eNCA Myrtle Cothill (right) and her daughter Mary Wills.

Photo: eNCA Myrtle Cothill (right) and her daughter Mary Wills.

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A 92-YEAR-OLD pensioner from Port Shepstone is facing deportation from the United Kingdom after failing to meet visa requirements.

Myrtle Cothill told eNCA that she has no living­ relatives in South Africa and her health is failing rapidly. She has been living with her only daughter in the UK since 2014, after entering the country on a six-month visitor visa. When that expired she applied to stay permanently, but the application was rejected.

UK immigration rules state that visas cannot be changed while the person is in the country and they require her to go back and make the application from South African soil.

Asylum and immigration advisor at the International Care Network, James Davies, says there is a problem coming on a visitor visa hoping to switch when they are on UK soil because that is not the way it works.

“The British Home Office asks that an application to settle here should be made from the home country, which wasn’t done," Davies said.

"If that application had been made from the home country, yes, there’s a good chance that it would have been successful. But it’s exceedingly difficult for her to go back and to make that application now because of age, frailty, cost, and the logistics of doing it," he added.

Cothill said her one wish is to remain under the care of her daughter in the UK as she is the only person who can take care of her.
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