Bill Wiggin, MP for North Herefordshire, has today expressed his delight at helping a Fownhope family resolve a dispute with UK Visas and Immigration.

The Moore family, from Fownhope in Mr Wiggin’s North Herefordshire constituency had previously contacted Mr Wiggin to seek his assistance in reaching a resolution to a dispute with the Home Office. Although Shiho Konno is married to Mr Moore, a British citizen, and they have a six-year-old child who holds a British passport, Mrs Konno had received a notice of refusal of application for her leave to remain in the UK.

Mrs Konno faced being forced to return to her native Japan, in order to make an application to the Home Office. The Moore family feared the process could split the family for between six – nine months.

Mr Wiggin, upon learning of the Moore family’s plight, contacted the Home Secretary on their behalf to seek an urgent review of the case. Mr Wiggin was delighted that his intervention brought about a timely resolution to the case; the Home Office having subsequently contacted Mrs Konno to inform her that she has been granted leave to remain in the UK.

Commenting, Bill Wiggin MP said:

“I was very pleased to be able to help the Moore family in this matter. I work hard to assist all of my constituents, and I am very aware of how distressing cases such as these can be for families. Immigration is a sensitive topic but I am delighted that common sense has prevailed and the Moore family have achieved the result that we all wanted. I wish them a happy and prosperous time in North Herefordshire moving forward.”

Mr Moore commented: “We are most grateful for the support of Bill Wiggin in rescuing us from years of limbo as we slid down the rabbit hole in to the realm of the Home Office appeals process.”