Scots MEP Highlights Plight of Boyd Family

26 June 2012

Alyn Smith, SNP MEP for Scotland, has written to the UK Government’s Minister of State for Immigration, Damian Green in support of the Boyd family in Orkney.

The Depute Head of Kirkwall Grammar School, Edinburgh-born Gary Boyd is married to Australian wife Kristee and has two children who are both Australian citizens.

They had previously received Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) visas, however, after working abroad for a period, their visas are now longer valid.

Commenting, Alyn said:

“This is clearly a misunderstanding that needs to be rectified immediately.

“The Boyd’s were not notified at any point that their visas were due to expire, if they had been then they could simply have renewed them and this great uncertainty over their future would not have happened.

In the letter to Damian Green, Smith said:

“This is an issue of great importance to the local community as the Boyd family are very well-known and also extremely highly regarded in Orkney. As such, I am writing to request an update and briefing from the Home Office outlining where this case stands at present and what the Home Office intends to do about this dreadful situation going forward.”

Continuing, Alyn added:

“The UKBA needs to urgently show some common sense. It is obvious that this has been a misunderstanding and their unwillingness to show any flexibility on the issue is threatening to tear this family apart.

“Damian Green must now step in and clean up this dreadful mess.”