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£2,260raised of £3,000 target by 61 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,260 to Help Samuel pay legal fees to remain in the UK with his family.

    Funded on Friday, 9th November 2018

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    Story

    Samuel's family moved to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2000. Samuel attended school here and has lived here ever since. He, his mother and his three younger siblings have made England their home.

    Initially, Samuel's family was granted temporary leave to remain. When this ended, Samuel's mother applied for indefinite leave to remain for herself and her 4 children. It was granted for herself and the three younger children. Later they all became British citizens. However, Samuel, having technically reached adulthood, was refused.

    Samuel's only way to remain in England amongst his family and friends was to claim asylum. However, he does not easily meet the asylum criteria set by the government. Now he could be put in a detention centre, or deported back to a country he barely remembers.

    The good news is that the Home Office will reconsider Samuel's claim for leave to remain. The Home Office has accepted that Samuel is part of the family, and that they had previously granted him leave to remain on that basis. His lawyer believes he has a good case.

    Unfortunately, this is not covered by legal aid. The cost of his application to the Home Office is just over 1000 pounds. Legal fees will be 1,500 pounds and there is a further 500 NHS surcharge payable: a total of just over 3000 pounds. As an asylum-seeker Samuel does not have money to pay these fees and legal costs, and he is not permitted to work.

    We are trying to raise 3000 pounds, which would almost cover the legal costs of Samuel's application for leave to remain in the UK with his family and friends. Please can you help?

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    • Celia Briar9 days ago
      Celia Briar

      Celia Briar

      9 days ago

      Thanks to everyone's kindness and generosity, Samuel's lawyer was paid to prepare a fresh case for him to be allowed to remain in the UK with his family and friends. On Friday the fresh case was submitted. At this stage we do not know how long we have to wait for a decision. So we now can only wait and hope. I will inform everyone as soon as there is more news. Thanks once again to all.

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    • Celia Briar4 months ago
      Celia Briar

      Celia Briar

      4 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We will give Samuel's lawyer time to prepare his case now. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed - you are all wonderful.

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    • Celia Briar5 months ago
      Celia Briar

      Celia Briar

      5 months ago

      Thanks to everyone's generosity, together we have reached 67% of our goal, in only three weeks! We have raised enough to pay Samuel's lawyer to make his case, and we are now halfway towards his Home Office fees. Then there will only be the NHS surcharge to pay. So thank you to everyone who has donated. It's your generosity that has achieved this excellent progress. If you would please keep sharing Samuel's story to people who may not have heard about it, that would be very much appreciated.

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    5 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 12/9/2018 2:45 PM

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    61

    • Anne Morris

      Anne Morris

      Aug 20, 2018

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 17, 2018

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 15, 2018

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 9, 2018

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 8, 2018

      £5.00

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      Anonymous

      Aug 8, 2018

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 7, 2018

      £20.00

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