Parents fear being forced to leave their child in China after passport delays – Crescer Magazine | education

A couple fear they will be forced to leave their daughter in China after passport delays. Callum Bentley, 32, and his wife Neelam have been teaching teachers in the country for two years, where their daughter Isabel was born. They are expected to return to the UK in July, when their work visa expires, Stoke on Trent Live reports. The couple said they tried to obtain a passport for their daughter as soon as she was born, and after meeting with a British government official in China, the father thought he was making progress. But the couple’s hopes were dashed when Shanghai went into lockdown in April to stem a new wave of coronavirus infections.

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Callum claims the passport office told him that they needed Isobel’s original birth certificate to process the passport. But postal services have been suspended during the new lockdown, meaning it is impossible to send documents to the UK government. Parents are now afraid of having to leave the country and being prevented from taking their daughter with them.

Callum Bentley with his wife Neelam and their daughter Isabel (Image: Playback/Mirror)

Callum Bentley with his wife Neelam and their daughter Isabel (Image: Playback/Mirror)

Their work visas expire on July 31, and they will have no choice but to leave China — and without their daughter, if the paperwork is not resolved. “We received her birth certificate in early March and I made an appointment with the passport holders here to start the application on the 17th, but it was canceled due to the Covid outbreak, so we rearranged it on March 28. All papers have been sent and documents sent to the UK On the 30th. They accepted the payment two weeks later and didn’t hear back from the passport office afterwards. On Friday, May 12th, six weeks after placing the application, HMPO sent an email to ask for the original birth certificate. I took it with me when I went to the original appointment here, but they They just made a copy and sent it to the UK I don’t understand why they didn’t send the original if it was a copy We weren’t accepted We went into shutdown two days after the appointment Face to face We can’t leave our apartment and the Shanghai postal service is currently suspended Sado It’s about time We don’t have it,” the father lamented.

Callum is afraid to leave the country and leave his daughter (Image: clone/mirror)

Callum is afraid to leave the country and leave his daughter (Image: clone/mirror)

Callum said he calls the passport office regularly, but calls are not answered, and emails are returned with only automated responses. “We’re not trying to cross the line or hold someone else’s passports to process ours. We don’t even need a passport, just a responsible thing saying our daughter can go to the UK. We just want to talk to one person. It’s so frustrating that it’s all over the place. You go to him, everything is done by computers and email and you can’t talk to someone to explain the situation. We are in danger of being separated from our 12-week-old daughter. He wants to come back, but most importantly she wants her granddaughter back.”

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“I’ve never met my granddaughter, and the idea that she might have to stay there is horrible. I can’t even go visit them,” said Callum’s mother, Jackie, 60, who lives in Birchs Head.

Family fears that they will have to leave their daughter in Shanghai (Image: Reproduction/Mirror)

Family fears that they will have to leave their daughter in Shanghai (Image: Reproduction/Mirror)

According to The Mirror, a Home Office spokesperson said the department could not comment on individual cases, but added: “The vast majority of applications are completed within 10 weeks, with the latest figures showing 90% are completed in six weeks. .But we cannot compromise on security checks and people have to register well in advance of travel.”

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