A critically ill woman says her last wish to be reunited with her husband before her death will not be fulfilled because his visa has been rejected by the Home Office.
Jamirun Nessa, 66, has lived in Hartlepool for 17 years and is currently being treated for kidney disease and heart failure at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
She wants her husband Syed Habibur Rahman, 75, who lives in Bangladesh, to be able to visit the UK to see her but – despite a letter of support from her doctor – the Home Office has refused his application.
The Home Office said Mr Rahmans visa application was rejected because it contained various inaccuracies and details provided by him regarding his income did not tally with his bank account, leading to questions over whether he would return to Bangladesh.
The couples son Syed Dulal, 48, says his father only wants to visit his family and has no intention of staying long term, describing their situation as a nightmare.
Mrs Nessa, who has five children and 25 grandchildren who all live in the UK, has final stage chronic kidney disease, heart failure and chronic renal failure and requires dialysis several times a week.
Syed, who runs a restaurant, said: It is my mums last wish to see him.
My father has been to this country several times and has never overstayed and has gone back home.
It has really hurt my mum. She is crying because she thought my dad was coming.
Anything could happen any minute. Its like a nightmare.
I phoned him and he started crying. He thinks this is his last chance to see mum.
There is no right to appeal the Home Offices decision, only to apply again which will take the family several weeks.
We cant wait weeks or months, Syed said. My dads not coming to stay, we can confirm that.
He says he cant stay because its too cold. He is elderly as well and has had a heart bypass operation.
In the Home Offices refusal letter to Mr Rahman it said it had considered the compassionate nature of the visit.
But it said it was not satisfied Mr Rahman gave an accurate picture of his finances including that he would be able to cover all the costs of his visit, or that he has enough ties in Bangladesh to return to.
The letter adds: I am further not satisfied that your personal and financial circumstances demonstrate that you are genuinely seeking entry to the UK as a visitor and that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit.
Metro.co.uk has contacted the Home Office for comment.