Gosport family’s daughter told she can’t move to UK

The Taylor family of Gosport, Neil, Wendy (centre) and Julie. Picture: Paul Jacobs (141675-2)
The Taylor family of Gosport, Neil, Wendy (centre) and Julie. Picture: Paul Jacobs (141675-2)


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DISTRAUGHT mother Wendy Taylor has told of her upset after her teenage daughter was refused permission to settle in Gosport from the Philippines.

Mrs Taylor, of Gosport, hoped her Filipino daughter Winona Clemente would get permission to move the 7,000 miles after finishing high school.

But the Home Office refused, saying Mrs Taylor did not have ‘sole responsibility’ for her daughter’s upbringing.

Mrs Taylor, who also wants her 15-year-old daughter Jody to move to the town next year, told The News: ‘We’re trying to bring them here to have a good chance and a good future. They don’t get that if we don’t bring them here.’

Her husband Neil Taylor, 58, of Otter Close, who married her in 2009 in Hong Kong, said the government has made immigration a ‘political football’.

‘I feel really aggrieved that we have no voice,’ he said.

‘They make it quite clear that under the new rules there won’t be any benefits (for her). We weren’t bothered by that – that’s not why we came here.’

The UK Visas and Immigration refusal notice adds it is ‘unusual’ that they had not applied for Jody to settle as well.

It says there was no ‘evidence of remote contact’ between Winona and her mother since 2007. Mrs Taylor lived in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2009, before moving to the UK with her new husband.

Winona and Jody are living with their grandmother while their mother and stepfather pay for their education.

The girls’ father lives in the Philippines but has little to do with them, Mrs Taylor added.

Mr and Mrs Taylor had travelled out to the Philippines to help Winona apply for leave to settle in February.

When it was refused in April they applied for a tourist visa as they couldn’t afford to fly back and help her lodge the appeal after returning home.

But Mr Taylor said that was refused as it was feared Winona would overstay.

And he said the girls were not brought over earlier as he was unsure whether he and his wife would stay in the country.

He added: ‘We had nowhere to live. We were living with my mother then – Julie (our daughter) was on the way.

‘The girls were both at high school – the plan was when we got our own place to apply when they finish high school.’

They have now submitted an appeal.

A Home Office spokesman said he couldn’t comment on individual cases but applicants need to show evidence they meet the criteria to settle.

He said: ‘All applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the Immigration Rules.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said she could not comment but that unchecked immigration puts a strain on services.