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Manu to be deported?

Post by sjc » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:07 am

From todays Leicester Mercury:
Leicester Tigers battle to stop deportation of Tuilagi after work permit turned down

Leicester Tigers are fighting to stop one of their brightest young prospects being deported.

Manu Tuilagi, the latest of a Samoan family's dynasty to play for the club, has had his request for a work permit turned down by the Home Office.

It means the 19-year-old is not allowed to play for the club professionally, and could be sent back to the Pacific Islands.

Leicester's head of operations, Simon Cohen, said the decision had left Tuilagi "devastated", but pledged the club would do everything it could to fight the decision.

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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by hww27 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:18 am

I couldnt believe this :smt011 absolutely ridiculous.

Hope common sense prevails soon. :smt011
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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by Bill W (2) » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:37 am

I did observe some time ago that procedurally Manu has to return to the Pacific Islands in order to apply for a (non student) visa.

Home Office is merely following procedure.
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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by MurphysLaw » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:57 am

[quote="Bill W (2)"]I did observe some time ago that procedurally Manu has to return to the Pacific Islands in order to apply for a (non student) visa.

Home Office is merely following procedure.[/quote]

Well if only the Club had your foresight - they would not have gone to the trouble of employing expensive specialist lawyers, and getting governing body approval, before making the unsuccessful application :smt017 .

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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by hugh78 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:03 pm

...or did the club think that just by employing expensive specialist lawyers and getting governing body approval they could get around the Home office rules?

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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by Purebob » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:06 pm

Click for the whole unedifying story

What a mess, the poor lad must feel betrayed.

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Post by Bill W (2) » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:08 pm

Recall that the same specialist lawyers and administrators failed to read the bit on the Schengen Visa application form that says you need a blank page in your passport!
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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by Duncan B » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:10 pm

We are all behind you Manu and hope that common sense prevails, would love to see the guy playing for England! The Tuilagis are adopted English for sure!

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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by hugh78 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:15 pm

whilst I like govt Bureaucracy bashing as much as the next person , this does sound like a lack of foresight by Tigers - immigration and foreign work permits being the hottest of political potatoes. Until the govt is clear about its policies it could well be the case that applications are frozen/looked at very sternly - which could be very bad news for Manu and our backline next season. Fingers crossed some strings can be pulled.

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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by MurphysLaw » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:44 pm

[quote="Bill W (2)"]Recall that the same specialist lawyers and administrators failed to read the bit on the Schengen Visa application form that says you need a blank page in your passport![/quote]

Hark! Is that Mr Cohen banging on your door, begging for your help?

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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by beech » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:46 pm

Of course the Club is partly to blame for this but don't be too easy with the bureaucrats in the Home Office. The Mercury has quoted from the UK Border Agency website that applications for work permits are based on a points system - they are judged on three criteria: a cerificate of sponsorship, English language skills and available maintenance or funds. I would imagine that Manu would pass all these with flying colours. It appears that the Home Office wants a high profile example to show that it is going to be tough on immigration and couldn't care less about the feelings of a hugely talented young man who wants to play for England. I look forward to him playing in the 2015 World Cup and hope it is for England and not Samoa.
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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by Darc Tiger » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:10 pm

This has angered me greatly...
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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by FlyingTiger » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:18 pm

Come on! There must be a single girl out there that can do the honourable thing and marry the guy?
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Re: Manu to be deported?

Post by Rykard » Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:47 pm

sounds about par for the course for government.. let's hope sense prevails and we see him next year...
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