A Canadian immigrant who cared for a British man with motor neurone disease has been denied permission to stay in the UK following the man’s death.
Julie Reah, 47, came to the UK five years ago and cared for Ian Reah and his three children in Cardiff.
The selfless woman wed Mr Reah at Llandough Hospital in 2012 shortly before his death. After his death, she continued to take care of his children, Neil, Nicholas and Jessica who were aged 18, 15 and 13 respectively at the time of their father’s death.
Although they are now adults, the three children still live with their step-mother.
A judge has confirmed that Mrs Reah must leave the UK after “over-staying” her visa.
She had clearance to enter Britain in 2008 because of her UK ancestry, but her permission to stay in the country expired in August 2011.
Following a hearing at Cardiff Justice Centre in December, senior immigration judge Andrew Grubb ruled that there were no “exceptional or compelling circumstances” and the Home Office’s refusal to allow her to stay was “inevitable”, BBC reported.
The judge rejected her barrister, Sarah Pinder’s argument that removing her from Britain would violate her fundamental human right to respect for her family life.
While accepting that there was a close relationship between the children and their step-mother, Judge Grubb said they were now “maturing and growing towards making their own way in the world”.
“There is no sound evidence to demonstrate that they now have any particular emotional or other dependency upon Mrs Reah,” Walesonline.co.uk quoted Judge Grubb to have said. “There was no evidence which suggested that the impact upon the three adult step-children would be other than that which would be expected if a parent and adult child were separated”.