A Jamaican lady who has been within the UK since she was a toddler is dealing with elimination from the nation after dropping a courtroom battle to safe her immigration standing.

Shankea Stewart, whose grandfather was a member of the Windrush technology, mentioned she felt her life had been “robbed”. A choose dominated that she ought to return to Jamaica regardless of the very fact her sick father and most different members of the family reside in Britain.

The 29-year-old, who arrived within the nation when she was 12 to affix her father, was unable to attend her mom’s funeral within the Caribbean final yr on account of delays within the Residence Workplace processing her software for go away to stay.

Her software was in the end rejected earlier this yr, at which level she was instructed to both enchantment or go away the nation instantly. A courtroom just lately dominated that she may return to reside in Jamaica as a result of she would be capable to keep household ties by way of Skype and social media.

Ms Stewart, who lives in Peterborough, mentioned her father had tried to safe her standing when she arrived in 2002, however their solicitors had utilized too late – marking the beginning of a few years of preventing to safe her proper to stay within the UK.

“I got here right here as a toddler. It’s not like I went to the journey agent and booked my ticket. I wasn’t aware of how issues labored. I wasn’t accountable for myself. The UK is all I do know,” she informed The Impartial.

“My dad is right here, my cousins are right here, everybody’s right here. However they’re saying that I can keep contact with them by know-how. My dad is a really sick man. He sleeps with an oxygen tent and he doesn’t like flying.”

Ms Stewart first found there have been points along with her standing when she efficiently utilized to go to college after sitting A-levels in sociology, English literature and important pondering, however was informed she couldn’t attend on account of her immigration standing.

Within the years that adopted, she has been unable to work and has as a substitute volunteered as a youth employee mentoring younger ladies, dwelling on simply £50 a month and counting on help from her native church and members of the family.

“It was after I utilized to uni that I realised the ramifications of it. I acquired into all 5 of my universities however I couldn’t go due to these immigration points. I wasn’t in a position to do something. It appears like my teenage and my twenties had been robbed from me,” mentioned Ms Stewart.

“I’ve by no means claimed advantages and I wouldn’t wish to be on advantages. I wish to get my diploma. I wish to work. However I’ve not labored in my grownup life. I’ve by no means labored or had the prospect to pay taxes. Britain educated me – why not profit from what you’ve poured into any individual?”

A self-proclaimed “fiercely impartial” lady, Ms Stewart mentioned she “places off” going to the medical doctors when she is unwell as a result of she is afraid individuals will suppose she is “scrounging”, or within the worst case, she will probably be refused remedy.

“I do know the NHS is below pressure, so I believe, ought to I even go to the medical doctors? Or ought to I self-medicate? Being on this scenario places you in that mindset. One in every of my legs is in ache and I’m questioning if I’ve fractured it or one thing, however I’m scared I’d need to go to the hospital and have an operation,” she mentioned.

“So I’m strolling round with this ache and I’m actually scared. I don’t wish to need to go to the hospital. I’m scared I may not even be capable to get remedy at that stage.”

Describing her response to the courtroom’s choice, Ms Stewart mentioned by tears: “I used to be fairly assured. We had a lot proof. I’m not a felony. I’m squeaky clear. Why am I on this scenario? It appears like they don’t take something into consideration.

“My life has been robbed in each side: financially, emotionally, personally. They robbed me from getting closure about my mum’s demise, from dwelling a traditional life, from forming relationships.

“To suppose my grandad got here to the UK in 1967 as a Windrush migrant, after which my dad got here right here within the Nineties and acquired his standing. I’ve grand aunts and uncles who got here in 1963 who had been welcome right here – however I’ve been left in limbo.

“Folks say you’re not authorized, go residence. However I got here right here as a toddler. That is all I do know.”

A Residence Workplace spokesperson mentioned: “All instances are thought-about on their people deserves according to the immigration guidelines. The choice to refuse Ms Stewart’s software has been upheld by a tribunal.” 

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