Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu and her family have won their immigration appeal and right to remain in the UK.
The victory came after the Home Office failed in its appeal to overturn a decision to grant the 19-year-old singer, her two brothers Milton, 12, and ten-year-old Marty, and their mother Nokuthula Ngazana, from Zimbabwe, leave to remain in Scotland.
The family, who live in a small flat in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, were refused leave to remain in the UK by the Home Office in February this year.
They successfully appealed the original refusal by the UK Government agency, but the Home Office tried to overturn that decision and have the family deported.
Gamu and her mother attended the Immigration Court in Glasgow today to hear a senior immigration judge refuse the Home Office appeal on a point of law.
The new decision means Gamu and her family can remain in the country.
The Home Office has accused Gamu’s mother, who has worked as a nurse during the eight years the family has spent in the UK, of wrongly claimed working tax credits – something that the family has repeatedly contested.
The family’s lawyer Frances Farrell confirmed that the Home Office had failed to overturn the decision of the court to grant the family leave to remain in the UK.
She said the decision could bring an end to the family’s long-running legal battle.
She said: ‘The senior immigration judge upheld the original decision made in May, and said there was no error in law and that the decision stands.
‘Gamu and her mother were both there and they are delighted – relieved but very pleased.
‘This has come after such a long ordeal.
‘The Home Office has a last resort appeal right to the Court of Session, but I hope they respect the judgment made today.
‘My client has been granted leave to remain in the UK so now she and her family are able to get on with their lives and put this behind them.’
A neighbour of the family said: ‘It’s just the news we’ve all been praying for.’
Despite being tipped to win X Factor last year, Gamu was controversially dumped before the live shows by judge Cheryl Cole, and did not make it in to the final 12.
More than 200,000 fans joined a Facebook campaign calling for the return of Gamu to the show and, despite rumours of a dramatic return, she did not re-enter the competition.
Gamu revealed plans to release her first album next year, with the working title Melody is King. Source: Daily Mail.
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