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Daughter left without Thai mother due to visa row

A devastated six-year-old girl has been left without her mother after she was forced out of the country in a ‘unfair and absurd’ visa row.

Kayla I’anson has cried every day and every night since her mother, Wanna, 44, was sent back to her native Bangkok in Thailand.

Kayla’s father, Andrew, 54, from Sevenoaks in Kent, said the family had been left heartbroken by the Government’s regulations which have split the family.

The rules, introduced in 2012 and upheld by the Supreme Court this February, mean foreign spouses can only remain in Britain if their partners are earning more £18,600 a year.

Andrew l’anson said his family had been been ripped apart after his wife Wanna was sent back to Thailand over a visa row. Pictured, Mr and Mrs l’anson with their daughter, Kayla

Mr I’anson, who returned to the UK from Thailand in May with his wife and daughter, said:’I have a wife who cries everyday because she misses her daughter and I have a daughter who cries all day and night because she misses her mum,’ he said.

‘I have paid tax and put money into the country and I get treated like a third class citizen in my own country. My daughter is British. Does she not have a right to be with her mother?’

The family moved back to Britain so that Kayla could go to school in England. 

But Mrs l’anson was only given a six-month visitor’s visa which ran out last week, forcing her back to Bangkok.

The couple, who had been living in Thailand for the last eight years, also failed to qualify for a spouse’s visa because they do not have savings of more than £62,500.

‘I understand why these rules may have been introduced but my marriage is not a sham marriage. We have been married for 10 years and have a child together who has a British passport. It just seems very unfair,’ he said.

Kayla has cried every day and every night since her mother was sent back to her native Bangkok in Thailand

Kayla has cried every day and every night since her mother was sent back to her native Bangkok in Thailand

Mr I’anson said since his wife’s departure he had also been forced to give up his £15,000 job as a warehouseman because the hours did not fit in with school pick-ups and drop-offs, something she would normally have done.

He said he had also written to Sevenoaks MP, Sir Michael Fallon asking him to fight the ‘cruel way British citizens are treated.’

‘Maybe instead of making life a living hell for my family, why not give us a chance? I had a job, my wife could have her old job back and we could be a happy family. But this is not the case. We are split up and life is a living hell,’ he said.