A petition to grant a London-based Bangladeshi teenager the indefinite right to stay in the UK has gained over 23,000 signatures and counting, after he was told he faces deportation due to “close family ties to Bangladesh.”
Abdul Hassan, 18, has been living in the UK since he was five years old. He applied to remain in the UK on the grounds of his residency in 2016.
The application was denied by the Home Office as “it did not meet the rules and because he has close family ties to Bangladesh,” a UK Home Office spokesperson said as quoted by the Huffington Post
Abdul’s visitor visa expired in 2004, the Home Office official said.
However, Abdul has not seen any of his family in Bangladesh since he was a small child, when he left for the UK with his father, who was in need of medical treatment, and his schizophrenic mother.
His parents then returned to Bangladesh, where his father has since died and his mother's mental condition deteriorated, while Abdul stayed back and has been living in Britain with his aunt.
“Me and my family were just really shocked. Just devastated when they rejected my initial application,” Abdul told the Huffington Post.
“I thought they would grant me indefinite leave to remain.”
Upon receiving news of the impending deportation, Abdul’s friend Hector O’Shea began an online petition
to help the teenager remain in the country. Should the petition gain more than 25,000 signatures, it shall be formally delivered to British Home Secretary Amber Rudd for consideration.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Abdul for the last seven years, as a close friend and strong fellow student. He is one of the hardest working people and his care for others is second to none,” O’Shea said in the petition in an endorsement of Abdul’s character.
O’Shea added that Abdul had obtained an ABB in his A levels, considered exceptional grades, and an apprenticeship with the global auditing firm KPMG, a promising future that has been thrown into limbo by the deportation order in spite of the UK being “the only home he had known for most of his life.”
“He is as much a part of British society and culture as I am, and I don’t have a word to say against him and I’m sure no one else would,” said O’Shea in the petition.
“Please help his situation by signing this petition, in hope that the tribunal see how many people see Abdul as part of their lives and part of the United Kingdom”