Grant Karla McDermott Residency

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The wife of Glentoran FC manager Mick McDermott must leave Northern Ireland for the Middle East on Wednesday as she faces a residency nightmare.

Mum-of-four Karla McDermott, 43, has been told she must fly nearly 4,000 miles to Dubai in order to trigger her visa application to the Home Office for a chance to return to her family.

Even if she is granted permission to live in Northern Ireland, she will be separated from her children and husband for at least six weeks while civil servants trawl her paperwork.

Now Karla has to attend a visa application centre in Dubai on Thursday where her passport will be surrendered, her fingerprints taken and she will be tested on her ability to speak English.

But there will be no guarantees of her being granted permission to return to Newtownabbey and her family.

We urge the UK Government and the Home Office to review this case at their earliest yo ensure this family is not broken up. We, the signed, find it disturbing that a family contributi g to society can be broken up in such a heartless way and ask that the immigration process also be reviewed to prevent further cases like Karla's