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Stranded businessman Agung Mantra can return

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Image caption Agung Mantra is originally from Indonesia but has lived in Cornwall for 14 years

A Cornish businessman stranded in Bali since February has been told he can return to the UK.

The Home Office said "arrangements are being made" to get an entry visa stamped on Agung Mantra's new passport.

Mr Mantra, 38, originally from Indonesia, owns two shops in Perranporth, has lived there for 14 years and is a married father-of-one.

The family were on a trip to Bali but when Mr Mantra lost his passport, they had to return without him.

Mr Mantra obtained a new Indonesian passport, but was unable to return to the UK because he did not have the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) visa stamped in it.

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Image caption Lesley Bain and Agung Mantra are married with a 13-year-old son and own two shops in Perranporth

The Home Office had until now refused to confirm that Mr Mantra had ILR.

The breakthrough came amid a campaign on social media, stories in the press and a question in Parliament by Sarah Newton, Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, who asked why Mr Mantra had been waiting so long.

The ILR was issued in 2001, the Home Office confirmed on Monday in an email to Ms Newton.

She tweeted that she was "delighted" and she was "very grateful to everyone in Perranporth and further afield who have worked so hard to support Agung and his family".

Mr Mantra's wife Lesley Bain said: "It's just a huge relief and I'm over the moon.

"He is just overwhelmed and desperate to get home.

"No-one should have to go through that."

Perranporth businesswoman Rebecca Jay, who has supported the family's campaign, said: "I am overjoyed for the family because I can see what stress they have been under.

"The Home Office have a duty of care to keep people's records in a more effective manner."

The Home Office was unavailable for immediate comment.

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