16 Nov 2013

Fijian man wins right to stay in UK

10:31 am on 16 November 2013

Britain has granted a Fijian man the right to settle in the United Kingdom after he was threatened with deportation.

Private Filimone Lacanivalu - who has been in the British Army for nine years - was held at an immigration detention centre before his scheduled deportation on the 17th of November.

But the British interior minister Theresa May personally reviewed his case and he was granted the right to settle in the UK.

Private Lacanivalu's lawyer said her client had left it too late to apply for British residency after he left the army.

The Fijian had mistakenly thought that Commonwealth troops automatically qualified to remain in Britain after serving more than four years in the military.