This is an urgent appeal for help for Isla and Alamini and their three children.
We have reached our target! But the work goes on. Please make a donation!
We can now fund urgent applications for Leave to Remain for Isla and Alamini’s children but there is so much more to be done!
You have been so generous we’ll leave this fundraising page open and continue to campaign for donations – every penny raised will be used directly in our work to help refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants.
In a departure from our usual approach, we’re asking for help to support one of our families directly. We can’t do this in time from our own resources but, with your help, we hope this is achievable!
(More ways to donate at the bottom of the page)
A few words about the family: cast your minds back 16 years, to 2003. This is before we saw the pictures of boats filled with migrants trying to reach the UK and desperate people setting up camps outside Calais. WTRRP was in its infancy, struggling to keep its drop-in centre open, so small was the demand at that time.
This is how the story of this family began. Alamini and Isla (we’ve given them these names because it’s important that their real names are not known) came to the UK from Africa, met here, fell in love and started a family. Not an extraordinary story so far. In 2013 Isla made her first application for Leave to Remain which was accepted by the Home Office and she was given 30 months Leave to Remain. This type of application is called ‘the family route’ and must be renewed four times, at great cost, before applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Isla’s renewals have all been accepted and this year she and Alamini made a joint application for Leave to Remain. For the first time the couple have been able to save enough money, with our help, for two applications.
They thought all was going well until a few weeks ago when letters from the Home Office started arriving on their doormat. Every day there was worse news. The Home Office had made an ‘administrative error’ and the family should have made an application not only for the parents but for their three children as well, and the ‘error’ was backdated to 2018. If Isla and Alamini wished to remain in the UK, they needed to find an extra £6,198! In another letter, Isla and Alamini were informed that they were losing their right to remain in the UK, which will affect their right to work. They are being asked to report to the Home Office at the beginning of June. This could result in their being detained and deported with immediate effect.
If your child was born and has lived in the UK continuously for 10 years they can apply for a British passport. Two of Isla and Alamini’s children are nine and will be 10 in a few months. Both parents work in unskilled jobs and have never received or been entitled to any benefits, they can just about manage to put food on the table, meet the children’s basic needs and pay the rent. Most families with three children would struggle to find over £6,000. They have a maximum of two weeks to make a fresh application.
To make applications for Isla, Alamini and their three children will cost £6,198. Our short-term plan is to make an application for the two parents and one child and appeal to the Home Office for a fee waiver for the other two children – if this approach is successful it will cost a little less but we aim to raise the whole £6,198 because it’s very likely we’ll need to make applications for the whole family. This should at least prevent Isla, Alamini and the children from being deported. Alamini says “I worry every single day on the way to work, if something happens to me, what will happen to the children? Now if we can’t work anymore, we won’t survive.”
Please give whatever you can to help save this family. You can do this in any of the following ways:
- Make cheques payable to WTRRP and indicate on a covering note ‘The Isla and Alamini appeal’.
- Make a direct bank transfer to our bank account – A/C 03770168, Sort code 30-98-07. With the reference: IA appeal
Thank you in advance for your generosity