11th hour reprieve for deportation threat family

Daily Echo: Francis and Matty Scorgie Francis and Matty Scorgie

“IT IS the best New Year’s present we could have wished for.”

Those are the words from a defiant Southampton family who are threatened with deportation but have been given an eleventh-hour reprieve by the Home Office after the community rallied behind them.

The move comes just 24 hours after the Daily Echo revealed the plight of the family and how they faced being sent back to their former home country of South Africa within days.

As reported, Francis and Matty Scorgie and their daughter Franchelle were told they could be deported from the country as soon as tomorrow – despite having worked and lived here for nearly 10 years.

Now the family who live in Howards Grove, Shirley, have been told they have the right to appeal their case to stay in the country. That means any move to deport them is put on hold.

Previously the family were refused permission to stay in the UK under legislation requiring them to have lived in the country for 20 years.

Francis, 54, moved from Potchefstroom in South Africa in 2004 on a work permit with his wife and daughter acting as dependents.

He has since achieved a university degree and undertaken agency work, while Matty, 52, and Franchelle have worked in administration roles for the NHS at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton.

But an application to renew their stay in the UK was refused by the Home Office, as it states an applicant must have continuously lived in the UK for at least 20 years, or be a person aged between 18 and 25 years old who has spent at least half their life living continuously in the UK.

The government body also deems the family to still have ties in their home country as Mr Scorgie spent 45 years of his life there.

But after a petition which had more than 100 signatures from friends and members of the community and the support from Southampton Test MP Alan Whitehead, the Home Office will now review their case.

Mr Scorgie, said: “It is the best New Year’s present we could have wished for. “I am moved by the support we have got from the community and if it was not for the Daily Echo highlighting our case I think we would have been on a plane home sometime this week.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “All applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules. Following new representations, the Home Office are reviewing the Scorgies’ case.”

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2:24pm Thu 2 Jan 14

thesouth says...

Good decision, pleased for the family
Good decision, pleased for the family thesouth

3:13pm Thu 2 Jan 14

katinka says...

The report says the mother and daughter worked for the NHS, they did not claim benefits. Good decision, hope all goes well.
The report says the mother and daughter worked for the NHS, they did not claim benefits. Good decision, hope all goes well. katinka

4:04pm Thu 2 Jan 14

jancassar says...

So so pleased for them all god bless them. They deserve to atay.
So so pleased for them all god bless them. They deserve to atay. jancassar

4:08pm Thu 2 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

Great, but who has to foot the massive bill for the appeal?
Great, but who has to foot the massive bill for the appeal? bigfella777

4:52pm Thu 2 Jan 14

B. L. says...

Pity the Home Office doesn't channel their resources into sorting out the illegal immigrants in the country instead of people like this who try to do something good for the community. I guess they are an easy target for some jobsworths, just an opinion.
Pity the Home Office doesn't channel their resources into sorting out the illegal immigrants in the country instead of people like this who try to do something good for the community. I guess they are an easy target for some jobsworths, just an opinion. B. L.

5:05pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Saintly Sam says...

B. L. wrote:
Pity the Home Office doesn't channel their resources into sorting out the illegal immigrants in the country instead of people like this who try to do something good for the community. I guess they are an easy target for some jobsworths, just an opinion.
I totally agree with you, there have been cases where illegal immigrants have committed serious crimes, including rape and drug dealing (anyone remember the Afghan hijackers, who on appeal were allowed to stay?), but because their lawyers say they will be ill treated due to their religion or politics if they are sent home they allow them to stay, meanwhile honest folks such as this family are threatened with deportation, the system stinks.
[quote][p][bold]B. L.[/bold] wrote: Pity the Home Office doesn't channel their resources into sorting out the illegal immigrants in the country instead of people like this who try to do something good for the community. I guess they are an easy target for some jobsworths, just an opinion.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you, there have been cases where illegal immigrants have committed serious crimes, including rape and drug dealing (anyone remember the Afghan hijackers, who on appeal were allowed to stay?), but because their lawyers say they will be ill treated due to their religion or politics if they are sent home they allow them to stay, meanwhile honest folks such as this family are threatened with deportation, the system stinks. Saintly Sam

5:28pm Thu 2 Jan 14

eurogordi says...

Why does the government try to deport the hard-working migrants while failing to get rid of those who are here illegally and relying on benefits?
Why does the government try to deport the hard-working migrants while failing to get rid of those who are here illegally and relying on benefits? eurogordi

8:39pm Thu 2 Jan 14

KatherineA says...

This is very good news.
Matty is a lovely lady who is so kind and helpful to everyone. It would be a real shame to lose her and her family from the area.
This is very good news. Matty is a lovely lady who is so kind and helpful to everyone. It would be a real shame to lose her and her family from the area. KatherineA

9:32pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Georgethepie says...

The question surely has to be why come here in the first place. It's not like they offer specialise skill to the jobs market. Fair enough he came here to study but now that's over I think the Home Office have shown good form and asked what they intend to do next. I'm guessing they couldn't give an exceptable answer to the question so here we are!!!!!
As for Alan Whitehead why am I not surprised he has jumped on this band wagon I guess the only surprise should be that we have not had anything from his sidekick john Denham. They both love winning easy votes rather than trying to earn them typical MPs really.
The question surely has to be why come here in the first place. It's not like they offer specialise skill to the jobs market. Fair enough he came here to study but now that's over I think the Home Office have shown good form and asked what they intend to do next. I'm guessing they couldn't give an exceptable answer to the question so here we are!!!!! As for Alan Whitehead why am I not surprised he has jumped on this band wagon I guess the only surprise should be that we have not had anything from his sidekick john Denham. They both love winning easy votes rather than trying to earn them typical MPs really. Georgethepie

11:11pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Redhaired22 says...

Georgethepie wrote:
The question surely has to be why come here in the first place. It's not like they offer specialise skill to the jobs market. Fair enough he came here to study but now that's over I think the Home Office have shown good form and asked what they intend to do next. I'm guessing they couldn't give an exceptable answer to the question so here we are!!!!!
As for Alan Whitehead why am I not surprised he has jumped on this band wagon I guess the only surprise should be that we have not had anything from his sidekick john Denham. They both love winning easy votes rather than trying to earn them typical MPs really.
Read the article ...

"Francis, 54, moved from Potchefstroom in South Africa in 2004 on a work permit" that means he was permitted to come and WORK here....

I think the echo meant the daughter has since got a degree although it's ambiguous - their usual poor standard of reporting...

Alan is the MP for this area. He is representing his constituents, I cannot see what is wrong with that, although you obviously have some other agenda. Easy votes? it's not election time - and John D is standing down at the next election. p.s. it's 'acceptable' not exceptable - perhaps their grammar and spelling is better than yours!
[quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: The question surely has to be why come here in the first place. It's not like they offer specialise skill to the jobs market. Fair enough he came here to study but now that's over I think the Home Office have shown good form and asked what they intend to do next. I'm guessing they couldn't give an exceptable answer to the question so here we are!!!!! As for Alan Whitehead why am I not surprised he has jumped on this band wagon I guess the only surprise should be that we have not had anything from his sidekick john Denham. They both love winning easy votes rather than trying to earn them typical MPs really.[/p][/quote]Read the article ... "Francis, 54, moved from Potchefstroom in South Africa in 2004 on a work permit" that means he was permitted to come and WORK here.... I think the echo meant the daughter has since got a degree although it's ambiguous - their usual poor standard of reporting... Alan is the MP for this area. He is representing his constituents, I cannot see what is wrong with that, although you obviously have some other agenda. Easy votes? it's not election time - and John D is standing down at the next election. p.s. it's 'acceptable' not exceptable - perhaps their grammar and spelling is better than yours! Redhaired22

12:55am Fri 3 Jan 14

Georgethepie says...

Redhaired22 wrote:
Georgethepie wrote:
The question surely has to be why come here in the first place. It's not like they offer specialise skill to the jobs market. Fair enough he came here to study but now that's over I think the Home Office have shown good form and asked what they intend to do next. I'm guessing they couldn't give an exceptable answer to the question so here we are!!!!!
As for Alan Whitehead why am I not surprised he has jumped on this band wagon I guess the only surprise should be that we have not had anything from his sidekick john Denham. They both love winning easy votes rather than trying to earn them typical MPs really.
Read the article ...

"Francis, 54, moved from Potchefstroom in South Africa in 2004 on a work permit" that means he was permitted to come and WORK here....

I think the echo meant the daughter has since got a degree although it's ambiguous - their usual poor standard of reporting...

Alan is the MP for this area. He is representing his constituents, I cannot see what is wrong with that, although you obviously have some other agenda. Easy votes? it's not election time - and John D is standing down at the next election. p.s. it's 'acceptable' not exceptable - perhaps their grammar and spelling is better than yours!
I'm sorry airhead22 that my gramma isn't meeting the standard you require!!! However my eyesight is fine unlike yours. Maybe seeing as your so clever you can point out to me where it was I implied any of the family to be working illegally.
Didn't think you could So READ it again dopey!!!!!
As for which one came over in order to attend university it matters not.
What matters is this.... The education process is finished allowing the Home office to ask the question? What next. Perfectly reasonable.
I'm guessing the skill set they have is not one of mayor importance hence the request for them to go home.

As for Mr Whitehead my opinion of the man is a very low one but then what else can you expect from a Labour MP other than to look after the Lame, Lazy Or foreign
[quote][p][bold]Redhaired22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Georgethepie[/bold] wrote: The question surely has to be why come here in the first place. It's not like they offer specialise skill to the jobs market. Fair enough he came here to study but now that's over I think the Home Office have shown good form and asked what they intend to do next. I'm guessing they couldn't give an exceptable answer to the question so here we are!!!!! As for Alan Whitehead why am I not surprised he has jumped on this band wagon I guess the only surprise should be that we have not had anything from his sidekick john Denham. They both love winning easy votes rather than trying to earn them typical MPs really.[/p][/quote]Read the article ... "Francis, 54, moved from Potchefstroom in South Africa in 2004 on a work permit" that means he was permitted to come and WORK here.... I think the echo meant the daughter has since got a degree although it's ambiguous - their usual poor standard of reporting... Alan is the MP for this area. He is representing his constituents, I cannot see what is wrong with that, although you obviously have some other agenda. Easy votes? it's not election time - and John D is standing down at the next election. p.s. it's 'acceptable' not exceptable - perhaps their grammar and spelling is better than yours![/p][/quote]I'm sorry airhead22 that my gramma isn't meeting the standard you require!!! However my eyesight is fine unlike yours. Maybe seeing as your so clever you can point out to me where it was I implied any of the family to be working illegally. Didn't think you could So READ it again dopey!!!!! As for which one came over in order to attend university it matters not. What matters is this.... The education process is finished allowing the Home office to ask the question? What next. Perfectly reasonable. I'm guessing the skill set they have is not one of mayor importance hence the request for them to go home. As for Mr Whitehead my opinion of the man is a very low one but then what else can you expect from a Labour MP other than to look after the Lame, Lazy Or foreign Georgethepie

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