‘They won’t let the father of my child move to the UK,’ says Dagenham mum

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 May 2013 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 May 2013

Alyson Agrawal with her son Syon.

Alyson Agrawal with her son Syon.


A mum-of-one has spoken of her anguish after her Indian husband and the boy’s father was denied a visa to remain in the UK.

Alyson and Tarush Agrawal on their wedding dayAlyson and Tarush Agrawal on their wedding day

Alyson and Tarush Agrawal set eyes on each other in Tarush’s native India where Alyson was working as call centre manager, they clicked immediately, and before long were very much in love.

The happy pair married in Sri Lanka a year later and 12 months after that Alyson, who had been told she might never have children, fell pregnant.

Four years on and the couple, though still crazy about each other, are separated by thousands of miles and their son Syon, now one, has not seen his father in months.

They had decided to move to Dagenham to be closer to Alyson’s family but the UK government has refused to give Tarush, 27, a spousal visa because a new law, which came in to effect last July, says Alyson must earn £23,000 a year.

Tarush was in the UK on a visitors visa for Syon’s birth last February but was forced to return to India. Alyson, desperate for the family to be together spoke to 50 different solicitors seeking help, but every one turned her away.

“They said there was nothing they could do,” she explains. “We don’t know what to do. There is no way I can earn £23,000 and look after my son. Child care is too expensive.”

The 29-year-old says she understands there needs to be controls on immigration, but explains that her husband would not be claiming any benefits.

“He had been offered a job with a funeral directors and we have our own house,” she tells the Post.

“I just don’t understand why he’s not allowed to come over.”

The pair speak on the phone around six times a day and Alyson regularly sends photos and videos of Syon to Tarush.

“I borrowed money to visit him in India in February but I can’t afford to do that often,” she says. “People ask why I don’t move out there. I would if it was just me, but I want my son to have the best health care and standard of living.”

She hopes that by publicising her plight others in the same position might come forward and together they can put pressure on the government to change the law.

“I just hope we can get this sorted soon, so Tarush doesn’t miss out on any more precious moments of his son growing up.”

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