A Dunstable mother is launching an urgent appeal for help to fund immigration fees that will stop her family from having to leave the country.
Helen Damisa, 48, who lives in the town with her four children, is hoping to be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, while she also wishes to pay for the naturalisation of two of her children.
The hardworking mother came to the UK from Nigeria in 2002 as her then partner moved here for work, and she relocated to Dunstable seven years ago. The children were born in London, but after her former partner had to go back to Nigeria in 2011, Helen has since been applying for leave to remain (the latest application granted in 2015).
Helen claimed: “Dunstable has blessed me and my children immeasurably; we are at peace, have made wonderful friends, and our children are doing well at school, shaping their future.
“I hope to apply for my indefinite leave to remain before November. If I am unable, it does mean I will be regarded as an over stayer, unable to work to support my children.
“I may be homeless and this will put us in a very daunting situation. I require the money at least by the end of October and I pray I am able to raise it.”
However, a single mother, Helen says that most of her money from her job as a vocational childcare assessor goes towards bills and rent.
Her leave to remain expires in November, the mother requiring £2,500 for indefinite leave to remain, as well as £2,000 for two of her children to be naturalised (become British citizens). The eldest has been naturalised.
Helen, who worships at Christ Church, added: “My children have never been to Nigeria before, so they do not have knowledge of the place and they have really built their lives here and would prosper here if given the opportunity.
“I am so happy with them in the UK as life in Nigeria is unexpected.”
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