Portsmouth Brownie leader faces deportation

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A VOLUNTEER Brownie leader from Portsmouth is facing a deportation battle.

American Kate Clifford, 32, of Oriel Road, North End, has lived in the city since she became on a student in 2008, and married British national Ross Clifford, 35, in 2011.

Despite carrying out work experience in Portsmouth City Council, starting her own business, volunteering as a Brownie leader, being involved in the Groundlings Theatre and raising money for the Mary Rose Museum and Wymering Manor, Kate faces being forced out of the country.

Her husband Ross suffers from cerebral palsy and has also lost sight in his right eye, damaged his knee so there is no cartilage, and has chronic depression, and Kate is a carer for him.

‘It has been going on for such a long time and we are disgusted with the government,’ said Ross.

Kate, pictured here with Ross, has launched a petition, which has been signed by hundreds of people, appealing to the government to allow her to stay.

To sign, search Kate Clifford at change.org

Timeline of events:

.Kate came to the UK in 2008 on a student visa to go to the University of Portsmouth and get a masters degree in historic building conservation.

.During this time she met Ross Clifford, who was born in South Africa to English parents and had dual citizenship.

.After graduation Kate applied for and received a tier 1 post-study visa, which was valid until February 2012.

.In May 2011, Kate and Ross got married in Kent.

.In autumn of the same year Kate said she called the Home Office’s helpline as she was aware her visa was due to expire in February 2012 and was advised to apply for either citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

.Kate applied for citizenship, however, this was refused in June 2012 because she did not have ILR, or another visa without an expiration date, for a year before applying for citizenship.

.She appealed this, claiming it was based on bad advice that the Home Office gave, but was formally refused again in December 2012.

.Kate then applied for a spousal visa based on exceptional circumstances, as Ross is disabled. This was refused, citing even though Ross is disabled and his mother has cancer, and Kate is Ross’s primary carer and support, Ross can stay in the UK, but she cannot.