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Teacher needing help for his family - urgent!

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by cochrane1964, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter


    Scottish Teacher Requests Support for his family

    Hi fellow educational professionals and trade unionists

    I am emailing you about an issue which goes beyond the relatively small, ideological differences between the various trade unions and associations. It is an issue directly related to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights - the right to respect for private and family life.

    I am a Depute Head Teacher at Kirkwall Grammar School in Orkney. I have recently returned to live in my native Scotland after an absence of just over 5 years, working with my wife of 9 years, Kristee, in the field of international education (in China, India, Qatar and most recently, Egypt). Kristee, our son Kyle (aged 15 years) and our daughter, Nyah (aged 3 years) are all Australian citizens.

    We have been advised by the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) that Kristee, Kyle and Nyah will soon have to travel to Australia to apply for the 'proper entry clearance' to return to Scotland. The waiting time, in Australia, to have their applications approved could take up to 6 months which would mean that, among other things:

    ? I would not see my family for up to 6 months
    ? Kyle would miss more than half of his 4th year studies, making it extremely difficult to attain good grades in his Standard Grades
    ? Nyah would be unable to start her nursery in August
    ? My family would experience quite severe financial consequences.

    We are currently in the process of fighting against UKBA's insistence to break our family up. We have had articles recently printed about our case in our local newspaper, The Orcadian and in The Herald. I am speaking with Mike McKenzie (MSP) about the possibility of him and 2 other MSPs releasing a joint press release to bring additional attention to our case. We have also started up an online petition, which has some additional background of our story. To date, this petition has been signed by over 370 people, including our local MP, Alistair Carmichael (Lib Dem) and the following MSPs: Liam Macarthur (Lib Dem), John Finnie (SNP), Jean Urquhart (SNP) and Mike McKenzie (MSP).

    I am writing to you today in the hope that you will take the time to read our online petition and, if you feel it appropriate, sign it. Perhaps you would also consider spreading the word about our petition, encouraging others to read it and sign it too? Perhaps a weblink to our petition could be uploaded onto your organisation's website?

    If you have any questions about anything related to our case, please email me or call me (Mob. 07500 977 542 - I am generally very busy at work but if you leave a voicemail, I will return your call asap).

    The following link will take you directly to our petition. Please take the time to read and sign, if you feel moved to do so. Please also feel very free to email me with any other suggestions you may have regarding our ongoing dispute with the UKBA. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, I love my family very much and I feel that the UKBA's insistence that we spend up to 6 months apart (when both of our children are at especially important stages in their lives) is quite inhumane and not consistent with what decent-minded people expect of their government.


    Thanks for your time in reading this.

    Gary Boyd
    Depute Head Teacher
    Kirkwall Grammar School
    Orkney, Scotland

    Gary Boyd
  2. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

  3. How typical of UKBA. Numpties.

    Signed, shared on facebook, and wishing you and your family luck.

    Have you posted on the English side of TES as well?
  4. You came in legally, filled all the paperwork in honestly, did not attempt to bribe anyone and paid attention to all the relevant regulations?
    A cynic might say - that's the root of the [​IMG]problem.
  5. Just posted a link on the English opinion forum to the petition, as there didn't seem to have been one.
  6. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I've signed it.

  7. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

  8. 1. Get a cat.
    2. Get fake passports for your family that will show them as citizens of anywhere but Oz or Canada. The UKBA frowns on anyone trying to get into Britain from any Commonwealth nations that helped this ungrateful little country in its darkest hour. Remember that? They don't. They've forgotten all about that. So get your brood to the back of the queue and remember, they'll have to go through it all again in another four years, at which time, to add insult to injury, they'll have to pass that bizarre "Life in the UK " test to prove they are fit and proper persons to live here.
  9. I have to ask - if you are a Scot who has come back here with your family to work, why are your children not travelling on UK passports? Is it not as simple as applying for UK passports for them here?
    When I arrived here from Australia eight years ago with my family, my step-daughter was the only family member without a UK passport. Once here, we applied on her behalf for, and were granted, 'right-of-abode' on compassionate grounds. That didn't entitle her to citizenship or a passport but, from memory, she was told she could apply for those after living here continuously for five years. Assuming that your wife is Australian and not necessarily eligible for a UK passport, is that not an avenue that you could explore?
  10. Suggestions for a better 'Life in the UK' test on a postcard here, please:

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