An ex-soldier previously refused a UK visa has been granted indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. A Fijian man, Sam Cataki, who has served over 10 years in the British Army has been granted stay in the UK. In addition to this, he is awaiting the Home Offices response to his wife Seni’s application.
Mr. Cataki who was recently discharged from work and told he can no longer work while his application was being considered by the Home Office. He was called on Friday by the Home Office to grant him his indefinite leave to remain and on Sunday received the letter confirming his stay. Mr. Cataki is able to apply for UK citizenship after a years time and is very grateful for those who supported him and his family along the way.
Mr. Cataki has received over 34,000 signatures for an online petition battling for his stay. He has also received support from MP Stephen Crabb, his local MP. Mr. Cataki feels his rejection was due to him obtaining 3 points on his driving license and feels as though that was the main factor for the Home Offices rejection.
He has returned to his job at the Milford Haven Port Authority, where he has worked for almost 2 years. He is thankful for reconsideration by the Home Office and is hoping for a similar grant given to his wife.