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Below is some of details that feature in Get Surrey and The Mirror:

A hero who saved a little girl's life will not be able to attend his sister's wedding in South Africa because he is at risk of being deported.

His sister Sophia Schoeman, a 22-year-old student and fiancé to a 29-year-old veterinarian, is getting married on May 26.


But Delarey Du Preez, from Rhodes, South Africa will not be able to make the trip for fear of not being allowed back into the UK, Get Surrey reports.

He moved to the UK 11 years ago and has since helped save a young girl's life, raised more than £1 million for charity and runs his own business.

The 34-year-old says he has actively contributed to the community constantly, has never committed a crime and doesn't even have points on his driving licence.

He originally paid a lawyer £4,000 to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILTR) status, so he could live and work in the UK permanently.

Now the Home Office say his lawyer submitted fraudulent documents to support his application and he is "liable for removal", even though he has been cleared of any wrong doing.

Miss Schoeman, also from Rhodes, said in a message: "This whole injustice has meant that he cannot attend my upcoming wedding day in South Africa.

"This pains me, and I know it pains him too.

"What is even more devastating, is that a system, and one which the whole 'outside' world perceives as organised, just and functional, (something we South Africans appreciate), is incapable of correcting this wrong.

"This, at the disadvantage of England and its citizens. It would also be of particular international advantage at this current time, taken the political injustice going on in South Africa.

"I have and always will admire Delarey's unselfish and forth-giving character.

"I look up to him. I have no doubt that he is an asset to the ground he walks on and the people's lives he touches.

"I love you boet (A South African term of endearment for brother)."

On Tuesday (May 1) he attended a meeting at the Home Office and based on legal advice he believed he would be detained at this meeting - instead his new application to remain will now be processed.

Mr Du Preez said: "They did not detain me. Happy days. My application is in and being processed along with 500 pages and a cover letter.

"I feel like a mountain has been lifted off my shoulders to be honest. They cannot legally detain me while an application is pending."

He will now wait for eight weeks for the application to be processed by the Home Office. He still cannot work during this time.

He said his lawyers told him "just because you were not detained on this occasion does not mean that you will not be detained at a future time".

Unfortunately, Mr Du Preez will still miss his younger sister's wedding in South Africa in late May, as he cannot leave the UK during this process.

Now that the application has been submitted he should expect a biometric enrolment invitation letter to be issued.

Once received, he will be required to enroll his bio-metric information at the nearest post office. This invitation will be an indication that the application has been received by the Home Office.

My goal with this petition is to make people aware not all foreigners are bad and that each case should be looked at individually.

Hopefully this will drum up enough support to help my application to stay in the UK.

 



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