How we overturned a refugee family reunion refusal on appeal
A is a national of Somalia who married his wife in a traditional ceremony in Mogadishu. His wife had been married before and had a child from a previous relationship who also became part of A's family. After four months of their marriage A was forced to flee Somalia because of threats made to his life. His uncle in Saudi Arabia paid an agent to take him to the U.K. The family did not have enough money to pay for his wife and child who remained behind. A claimed asylum on arrival and was granted refugee status.
After A left Somalia the conflict in the country deteriorated; his family was forced to flee Mogadishu. A lost touch with his family who crossed into neighbouring Kenya, where they sought asylum.
After six years A's wife managed to locate him; she worked as a waitress in a cafe frequented by U.K.-based Somali nationals visiting Kenya. We helped A make a successful refugee family reunion application for his wife and stepson. The Entry Clearance Officer initially refused the application but the decision was overturned on appeal.