Soldier to be reunited with daughter after visa U-turn

Denis Omondi has been fighting to bring his 14-year-old daughter Ann to Scotland.

Soldier: Denis Omondi with his wife Shelagh. <strong>STV</strong>
Soldier: Denis Omondi with his wife Shelagh. STV

A soldier is set to be reunited with his daughter after the Home Office ruled her application now met immigration rules.

Kenyan-born Denis Omondi, a Fort George-based lance corporal, and his wife Shelagh have been fighting to bring 14-year-old Ann to Scotland.

He only learned he had a daughter seven years ago. He now has sole custody, provides for her and returns to Kenya at every opportunity to be with her.

His attempts to secure her a UK visa have been repeatedly rejected, however following a review she will now be allowed to travel to their home in Inverness.

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Mr Omondi’s case was taken up by his MP Drew Hendry and raised with the Prime Minister and Home Secretary.

He confirmed that Mr Omondi and Ann would soon be reunited.

Mr Hendry said: “I am absolutely delighted for Denis, Shelagh and Ann. The past months have been incredibly difficult for them and, at least now they can look forward to the future and finally be together as a family.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported them and including the thousands of people who signed the petition calling on the Home Secretary to right this wrong.

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“I know the outpouring of support and friendship meant the world to them all.”


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