Ghanaian Woman In UK Wins Landmark Case After Delays In Visa Extension: "It Was Humiliating"

Ghanaian Woman In UK Wins Landmark Case After Delays In Visa Extension: "It Was Humiliating"

  • A Ghanaian woman in the UK has secured a landmark ruling after the UK home secretary failed to provide key visa extension documents
  • Cecilia Adjei, who moved to the UK from Ghana in 2000, and a charity, RAMFEL, brought the legal challenge
  • Adjei recalled that she was suspended from her employment as a healthcare support worker because of the visa issues

A Ghanaian woman in the UK has secured a landmark ruling after the UK home secretary failed to provide thousands of migrants with documents proving they were legally resident.

Cecilia Adjei and a charity, RAMFEL, brought the legal challenge, noting that thousands of migrants were potentially affected by the Home Office’s failure to provide confirmation documents for people trying to extend their visas.

A Ghanaian woman in the UK has secured a landmark ruling against the UK home office
Cecilia Adjei. Source: Ramfel
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Adjei, a healthcare worker and mother of two boys, moved to the UK from Ghana in 2000.

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The judge in the case said the evidence establishes that the affected persons suffered real hardship because they could not provide immediate documentary proof of their immigration status.

The judge also urged the home secretary to take a straightforward step to avoid hardship for many people.

Adjei welcomed the ruling, saying her struggles were stressful because she was unable to prove she had the right to work and was suspended from her employment as a healthcare support worker.

“It was humiliating and scary as I didn’t have any way to prove to my employer that I still had the correct immigration status and the right to work,” she said.

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In a similar case, a 74-year-old Ghanaian man, Nelson Shardey, went viral after the UK authorities told him he did not qualify for British citizenship.

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A GodFundMe campaign launched to raise money for his legal fees has generated over GH¢740,000.

Nelson Shardey, a retired newsagent, when quizzed for a comment on the outpouring of support he had received from the public, suddenly became teary-eyed.

Man faces deportation after 38 years

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that a disabled Nigerian man, Anthony Olubunmi George, faced deportation to Nigeria despite living in the UK for 38 years.

This was because the UK Home Office repeatedly denied his application for leave to remain in the country.

George said he no longer has immediate relatives in Nigeria, faced different episodes of homelessness, and was sheltered by countless friends.

Proofread by Edwina N.K Quarcoo, journalist and copy editor at YEN.com.gh.

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Delali Adogla-Bessa (Current Affairs Editor) Delali Adogla-Bessa is a Current Affairs Editor with YEN.com.gh. Delali previously worked as a freelance journalist in Ghana and has over seven years of experience in media, primarily with Citi FM, Equal Times, Ubuntu Times. Delali also volunteers with the Ghana Institute of Language Literacy and Bible Translation, where he documents efforts to preserve local languages. He graduated from the University of Ghana in 2014 with a BA in Information Studies. Email: delali.adogla-bessa@yen.com.gh.

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