Grant Annette the visa she is entitled to as my fiancée.
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Grant Annette the visa she is entitled to.
My fiancée, Annette, came to the UK in 2010.
She is originally from Malaysia, a country where she is legally a second class citizen as she is not a Malay Muslim. As a teenager she wrote articles criticising the authorities on websites that were later blocked. She was chosen for National Service during which she was sexually abused. Seeing the way things were going, her father sent her to study in the UK against her own will.
She has achieved a 2.1 Bachelor of Law from the University of Hertfordshire. She is also an extraordinarily talented musician, who has been played on BBC Radio. She is very active in the local community lending her skills as an artist and multi-instrumentalist.
I suffer from from functional neurological disorder, which causes me to shake badly, and gives me difficulties standing up and walking. Annette is my carer, and without her, I would struggle to live a normal life. I would not be able to accompany her, because I would not be able to meet the costs of healthcare in Malaysia, and would have no legal right to stay there regardless.
If Annette was forced to return to Malaysia she would not be truly free to practice her own Christian faith. A church she attended was bombed by fundamentalists while she was still in Malaysia. She would not be allowed to proselytise or speak openly about her faith, she would not be allowed to sing about it in public (because it gives her so much joy), and any slight action seen as undermining Islam as the official religion would have her fined and imprisoned.
While at the University of Hertfordshire, she heard from her father how hard things were getting. He was sacked for no reason other than not being a Malay Muslim, and left without any means of supporting himself. People of her ethnicity have been shot in the streets. Her lecturers (one of whom was from Malaysia) told her that "there is no rule of law in Malaysia," and that if she were to continue singing openly about her faith and writing subversive articles, she would face dire consequences. The lecturer from Malaysia who told Annette this asked not to be quoted or contacted, for fear of reprisals.
She was terrified of returning to Malaysia. After talking to friends they recommended that she make a claim for asylum, which she did in late November 2013. I only found out about this two months later.
I first met her in October 2013. When I first met her, she was such a different person. The years have not been kind to her; she now suffers from frequent panic attacks, suicidal tendencies and nightmares about where she grew up, and has been diagnosed with PTSD.
Annette has made multiple attempts to take her life as a result of what she has suffered, often with myself having to wrench knives, pills, bleach etc. out of her hands.
Her claim was rejected in 2015. An appeal was lodged in the same year, but also rejected. The judge not only did not read all the case notes, he discarded evidence and would not review witnesses that had been submitted into the hearing via the correct procedures.
Our solicitor recommended that we try a different approach, that is to claim for a "leave to remain on family grounds" visa.
We are in an honest relationship, having been engaged to be married since May 2014. The Home Office constantly rejects this fact, in spite of us fulfilling all the criteria for leave to remain on family grounds. Quoted in the Home Office's OWN RULES:
"The requirements for leave to remain as a partner are set out in section R-LTRP of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. However, for the purposes of this section, a "partner" is defined in paragraph GEN.1.2. of Appendix FM as the applicant's spouse, civil partner, fiancé(e) or proposed civil partner, or a person who has been living together with the applicant in a relationship akin to a marriage or civil partnership for at least two years prior to the date of application."
Yet in spite of us sending the Home Office reams of information confirming that we have been engaged since May 2014 (in the way of engagement cards, photos and testimonies from friends and local people of good standing), we keep getting rejection after rejection after rejection.
We are an honest couple from the northwest of England, just like millions of others, wanting to make our best in the world. Instead, we have been constantly held back by the incompetence of the Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration.
I ask that the Home Office grant Annette a Leave to Remain on Family Grounds visa that she should have been granted according to their own rules.
If you wish to listen to Annette's compositions, please visit
Articles regarding attacks on churches:
Regarding the state of human rights in Malaysia:
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