Durham City
Durham City

Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham has today welcomed the decision of the Home Office to grant two Durham University academics, Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin and Dr Arely Cruz-Santiago, indefinite leave to remain in the UK, despite initially saying they must leave the country. The family has lived in the UK with their daughter for 11 years.

Following the decision to refuse their recent visa application, Roberta and others contacted the Immigration Minister and the Home Office to ask that this decision was reconsidered, and was delighted that the family has now been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Roberta said:

“I am so pleased that common sense has prevailed, and that Ernesto and Arely have been granted leave to remain in the UK. This seemed a particularly unfair decision, as this work in Mexico is part of their roles at the University.

It was also heartening to see the huge amount of support that the family received from people in Durham and across the UK. It was clear from the correspondence I received that they are really valued members of the local community, and my thanks go to everyone who took the time to contact me to show their support for the family.

Despite the initial decision to refuse their application, my thanks also go to the Home Office for the quick response both I and the family received once this refusal was challenged, and the speed with which they reviewed the decision. I am delighted at the positive outcome.”

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