Gosport mum’s joy as girl gets the go-ahead to join her family

(l-r) Julie, Wendy and Lee Taylor, who have been told that Wendy's daughter, Winona Clemente, can now move from the Philippines to live with them in Gosport
(l-r) Julie, Wendy and Lee Taylor, who have been told that Wendy's daughter, Winona Clemente, can now move from the Philippines to live with them in Gosport
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DELIGHTED Wendy Taylor is over the moon after a Home Office U-turn means her daughter can live in Britain.

Mrs Taylor, of Otter Close, Gosport, was told her daughter Winona Clemente, 15, would not be granted a visa to move from the Philippines.

3/6/14           BF''The Taylor family of Gosport , Neil , Wendy and Julie 4 who are trying to get a visa for one Wendy's daughters Winona Clemente to live with them who currently lives in the Philippines.''L-R Winona Clemente 16 and Jody Clemente 15, both are Wendy's daughters PPP-140306-125741001

3/6/14 BF''The Taylor family of Gosport , Neil , Wendy and Julie 4 who are trying to get a visa for one Wendy's daughters Winona Clemente to live with them who currently lives in the Philippines.''L-R Winona Clemente 16 and Jody Clemente 15, both are Wendy's daughters PPP-140306-125741001

But now the UK Home Office has backtracked after Mrs Taylor and her husband Neil, 58, sent in more evidence to prove they support Winona (pictured with her sister Jody).

Mrs Taylor said: ‘I’m so happy, we didn’t expect the appeal would be back so soon.

‘It’s very important for me because I always worked abroad, I wasn’t with them while they were growing up.

‘Now we have a chance to be together again.’

The News was unable to contact Winona but her family said she is very excited.

Mrs Taylor wanted her 16-year-old daughter to move 7,000 miles to Gosport after she finished high school.

But the Home Office refused to grant a visa saying Mrs Taylor did not have ‘sole responsibility’ for her daughter as she worked in other countries over many years.

Now it has gone back on the decision after Mr Taylor sent Skype and bank records proving they were in contact with Winona and her younger sister Jody, 15, and were financially supporting the pair.

He also submitted letters from Winona and Jody’s father and grandmother in the Philippines explaining Mrs Taylor was responsible for the teenage girls.

He said: ‘Wendy speaks to them every day. She’s just so excited, I don’t think she’d dare believe it could happen.’

But Mr Taylor criticised the Home Office as he said the application form did not specify what kind of additional information should be submitted in their case.

As reported, the original application was submitted in February and refused.

The Taylor family had expected to go to London for an appeal but the new visa was granted without this.

They hope it means Jody will also be able to join the family, including Julie, four.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘I am pleased that Winona has finally been granted the visa she needs to come to the UK to be reunited with her family’

A Home Office spokesman said applications are considered on their merit.