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UK resident blocked from returning home

STRANDED: Junior Green was battling to return to England, where he's lived since the age of six (image credit: 'The Nottingham Post')

A JAMAICAN security guard was fighting to re-join his family in Britain, after being denied leave to return from his visit to the Caribbean.

After a lengthly battle, Junior Green returned home to the UK yesterday (October 3) morning, where he has resided since the age of six.

On June 12, Green flew to Kingston, Jamaica, to visit and care for his ill mother, Joyce Roselyn-Green.

Just days after his arrival, she passed away, aged 85 and her body was flown to the UK for a funeral in London on August 14.

When Green was unable to return to England on August 4, ahead of the service, he resorted to watching it via his daughter Natalie Edgley-Green’s live stream from her mobile phone.

The 29-year-old told The Nottingham Post:

“He had to stay up from 5am (Jamaican time) which would have been 11am in English time. I had to do a Whatsapp live call for him to see his mum’s funeral.”

Green resides in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and was being financially supported by his family whilst waiting to come home to England. He has six children, who all live in the UK.

In place of a UK passport, the security guard held a letter, outlining his indefinite leave to remain status with the right to reside, work and typically, return to the UK without restriction.

Speaking with The Nottingham Post before they published an article about the case on September 18, The Home Office said Green, who held a Jamaican passport, “applied for an endorsement to confirm his indefinite leave to remain status in 2014” and he was asked for evidence of “the time he has spent in the UK”.

However, the 61 year-old failed to supply the required documents at the time – which included Council Tax bills and a job letter – to demonstrate his UK residency. As a result, entry was not granted immediately. This afternoon (October 4) The Home Office confirmed to The Voice that:

"Mr. Green’s application for a Returning Residents visa has now been processed and his passport is available for him to collect. The Home office has contacted Mr. Green to inform him of this."


CAPTION: Mr. Green with family members - (L-R) Natalie Edgley-Green, Junior Green, Kyla Edgley-Green, Kyeem Hall (Natalie's son), Mitchell Bailey (Olivia's partner), Olivia Edgley-Green, Bria Edgley-Green. (Photo credit: The Nottingham Post)

Whilst Green was waiting to return to the UK, a Home Office spokesperson told The Nottingham Post:

“All visa applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules.

“Mr Green applied for an endorsement to confirm his indefinite leave to remain status in 2014 and was asked for evidence of the time he has spent in the UK.

“As a complete history to demonstrate his residency in the UK was not supplied this was refused and Mr Green was advised at that time of the decision."

Trudi Thompson, 54, fiancée to Ken Green, Junior’s brother also spoke to The Nottingham Post last month:

"He (Junior) should take some responsibility for it - but he has been in the UK for 55 years.

“Junior (previously) had a mini-stroke and is on medication which is now running out. He is only taking his medication every other day, to make it last a bit longer which is wrong. He’s at risk of a stroke.

“He’s an upstanding citizen who has an upstanding job. He’s got a fiancé and six girls here (in England). He works hard and pays all of his taxes and national insurance. And he is not allowed in the country. It is ludicrous."

This story is developing.

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