Fresh view of visa plea

10 August 2012

BRITISH border officials, who refused a young boy a visa to visit London in order to see his uncle compete in the 2012 Paralympics later this month (News, 3 August), have rescinded their decision.

Earlier this summer, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) refused nine-year-old Daniel Munro permission to travel from his home in Vietnam with his mother, Anne, to see her brother John compete in the sitting volleyball team. UKBA officials at the embassy in Thailand said that they believed Daniel could not support himself financially, and would need state help. They also said that they were "not satisfied" that he and his mother would "be maintained and accom­modated adequately by relatives or friends", nor that they could "meet the cost of the return journey".

Ms Munro appealed, but was told that the case would not be considered until the autumn.

After details of her plight appeared in the Church Times, however, the embassy asked her to resubmit her paperwork. This week, a delighted Ms Munro said: "On Monday, I received a phone call saying that they had approved my son's visa. I am, of course, delighted . . . and I look forward to seeing my brother play at the Games.

"I know that had it not gone to the media, Daniel's visa might not have been approved until November, when the Games are well and truly over."

A UKBA spokeswoman in London said that the visa had been granted in the light of fresh evidence submitted.

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