Saturday, 30 May 2015

Local mum told to 'quit' the UK

An online petition to stop the deportation of a Stevenston woman has attracted more than 4,000 signatures.

Crystal McIver (pictured at her wedding) was born in the United States of America but has lived in Scotland for 29 years.  She was just 15 years-old when the marriage of her Scottish mum and American dad ended.

Crystal’s mum brought her to Scotland where she subsequently attended school before securing employment and paying taxes throughout her adult life.

Married with three children, Mrs McIver only discovered the UK Government had a problem with her residence-status when she returned from a holiday in the Dominican Republic.  Immigration checks revealed she had originally entered the UK on a short-term visa and she was deemed to have ‘overstayed’.

The UK Home Office then wrote to Crystal, giving her ‘Notice to Quit’ the UK by the end of June this year.

The 44 year-old, whose Scottish-born children are now 26, 25 and 19, also now has a grandson and has lived the majority of her life in Scotland.

Crystal’s son said, “My mother raised us and did an excellent job.  She has contributed to this wee country and she should be a UK citizen, so I ask that people please sign the petition to help my mum - a grandmother and mother of three - to remain in the country she loves, and stay with her family.”

The petition, calling on the UK Home Office to allow Crystal to remain in Scotland, can be signed here.

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