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Allow Robert to stay in the UK

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Robert is a valued member of our community and is currently in Colnbrook Detention Centre, pending imminent removal to Kenya. We are calling on the Home Office Minister Amber Rudd, Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill and Prime Minister Theresa May to intervene in his case and grant him leave to remain under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act in light of the relationships and life for himself Robert has built in Glasgow.

Robert has lived in Glasgow for 8 years and is a well-known face amongst its thriving live music scene as a skilled audio engineer and respected musician in his own right. Robert has worked in most of Glasgow's music venues, and if he was allowed to remain in Glasgow Robert already has the necessary offer of employment. Robert has a wide circle of friends both from his work and from his church, as an active member of their community. Robert plays drums weekly in the church band, and has used his technical expertise to assist with the recording and streaming of sermons in order that older or less mobile members of their congregation may still engage.

Robert is also engaged to be married to a British Citizen with whom he has been in a committed and loving relationship for over two years. Robert and his partner planned to marry on the 11th of February, but were forced to postpone when they received notification that their marriage license application would have to be “investigated” by the Home Office to ensure that their relationship is genuine. To date, neither Robert nor Chloe have been contacted to attend an interview, provide evidence, or answer any questions.

The Home Office's position is that it is reasonable to expect Robert to return to Kenya and apply for a Partner Visa, but in order to qualify the partner of the applicant must earn over £18,500. As she is currently a student, it will likely be a number of years before this requirement can be met.

The demands also ignore the hardships Robert will face if returned to Kenya. All of Robert's living family live in England, meaning upon return he will be homeless, in a country he has not called home for the better part of a decade, with no friends or support network who could be of assistance.

In light of the fact that all of Robert's family live in the UK, the relationships he has built in this country and the fact that removing him will leave him destitute and separate him from his fiancée, we believe that Robert should be allowed to remain in the country he calls home. The Home Office has the power to grant an individual leave to remain on the grounds that removing them would be in breach of their Article 8 Right to Personal and Private Life. We are calling on Amber Rudd, Robert Goodwill and Theresa May to use their powers to intervene on Robert's behalf to ensure he is granted leave to remain.

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