Kent

Brain-damaged man Nusret Bora permitted UK visa

Eileen and Nusret Bora
Image caption The couple were married in Turkey in 2003

A woman whose Turkish husband was left brain damaged after a brutal attack has won her year-long fight to bring him to the UK.

The Home Office refused Eileen Bora's application to bring her husband Nusret to the country because she does not earn the required £18,500 a year.

But the decision has been overturned on appeal, under human rights legislation, meaning Mr Bora can apply for a visa.

Mrs Bora, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, said she was "absolutely overjoyed".

An appeal tribunal found that the Home Office had acted disproportionally and affected the couple's right to a family life, and allowed the appeal on human rights grounds.

Image caption Mr Bora was left disabled and brain damaged in the brutal attack

The couple were married in Turkey in 2003 and lived there until 2007. They moved to the UK and then relocated back to Turkey in 2009, intending for it to be a temporary stay.

But in October 2011, Mr Bora, 53, was brutally attacked and left disabled and brain damaged.

Mrs Bora wanted to bring him to the UK but new Home Office rules came into effect in July 2012, meaning he was no longer eligible.

Mrs Bora said at the time: "I have two choices - I can either leave my husband and live with my family, or I can leave my family and live with my husband in a country that I don't want to be in.

"And every day he's begging 'take me to England, let's go, let's go, we'll never come back'.

"That's how much it means to him."

'Paid his dues'

Mrs Bora, a pensioner, said she could afford to support her husband.

She added that he would not be a drain on the NHS and she would be better able to support and care for him in the UK.

The couple's friend Roger Sayer said Mr Bora, who used to work in Tunbridge Wells, had "paid his dues".

"He's got his national insurance number and he was working towards British citizenship which he really did want after he married Eileen," he said.

Mark Reckless, Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood, congratulated Mrs Bora on her success.

"Overall I think it's really important that we control the numbers of people coming into our country and it's quite right that we ask someone marrying someone from overseas to make sure they've got the finances to support them. I think the Home Office was doing its job in this case," he said.

A Home Office spokeswoman said Mr Bora's application had been rejected under the immigration rules and that his appeal was rejected on the same grounds, but allowed on human rights grounds.

She said the Home Office would not appeal against the decision.

"All visa applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the immigration rules," she added.

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