Why ‘small mistake’ on visa means dad is stuck in Pakistan on daughter’s birthday

A Leicester woman is desperately asking for the home office to approve her husband’s visa so that he can return to her and her daughter.

Nazneen Hussein, 35, of Essex Road, Humberstone, is waiting for the home office to respond to her appeal after husband Umer Farooq’s visa was rejected over what she claims was a small error.

They were due to respond to her in February.

She was then given another deadline which they have missed by three weeks.

The original five-year spouse settlement visa application was submitted in August 2017, and refused in November 2017.

The documents were re-submitted for an appeal in December 2017.

Speaking on their daughter’s fourth birthday, Nazneen told the Mercury: “My husband’s visa was rejected, it was refused.

Nazneen Hussein, 35, of Essex Road, Humberstone, is waiting for the home office to respond to her appeal after husband Umer Farooq’s visa application was refused.

“I corrected the mistake, which wasn’t our mistake and put in an appeal.

“It was a very small error, they should just overturn the decision because that was the only thing.

“The refusal letter quite clearly states it’s just that one error.

“It was just on the letter of that English test. It was the centre that did not place the right code on. It was a normal test but the code was wrong.

“I have contacted them on several ocassions.

“We don’t know if it still sticks or whether they are going to overturn it.”

“My husband left the country in 2014. At the time we were not getting anywhere with his visa and his mum was unwell in Pakistan, his home country.

“He decided to go back while I worked to find a job where I could earn the right amount of money for his visa.”

It took some time for the couple to sort out the visa application as Nazneen needed to be earning a certain amount.

This was made difficult before the birth of their daughter as she had a difficult pregnancy.

Nazneen Hussein, 35, of Essex Road, Humberstone, is waiting for the home office to respond to her appeal after husband Umer Farooq’s visa application was refused. Pictured with their daughter Khadija.

Nazneen said: “I wasn’t earning the right amount of money to keep him here.

“Just before we got married the law changed but we didn’t look into that because we were just excited to get married.

“I was told I would never have children and then a few months after getting married I was pregnant.

“We were just getting on with out lives. We didn’t think this would impact us.”

Umer returned to Pakistan in November 2014, just a few months after the birth of their daughter Khadija.

“It’s my daughter’s fourth birthday today, she has been without her dad at home for about four years,” Nazneen said.

“It was really hard, it was one of the hardest decisions we have ever made.

“A few months after that his mother did pass so we don’t regret him going. I couldn’t stop him while he was so distraught.

“He just had to go at that time.

“She asks about him every single day but I made sure she knows who her dad is. She speaks to him every day.

“We met him in Dubai for a holiday two years ago and she knew straight away he was her dad.

“She is growing up and starting to understand.

“She sees other dads pick up their children from school and she asks where her dad is.”

The couple met in 2012 and had a whirlwind romance, getting married just a few months later.

Nazneen added: “We met when he was studying.

“We met through a social media app. It was a bit of mistaken identity and we started talking, got to know each other and it was not very long before we were together.

“He was living in London and I was in Leicester. He was doing his ACCA and working as well.

“We met and it was just a bit of a whirlwind romance. I didn’t expect to meet anyone. I had kind of lost hope with romance.

“We just clicked and we were inseperable. We started talking late 2011, met in early 2012, he proposed in June 2012, and we got married in November 2012.”

The couple had a civil ceremony in Leicester and another large wedding later on.

Nazneen is now desperate to know the home office’s decision. She added: “It’s the waiting, it’s the not knowing. It’s giving us worry.

“I am trying everything in my power but there are certain things that are out of my control.

“My hair is falling out and the doctors say that is because of stress. I have got anxiety. I need my husband home.”