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Family split across Atlantic accuse Home Office of inhumanity

UK government refused to reverse visa decision even though it admitted it was wrong to ignore exemption for US father

A British-American family hit by costs of £45,000 and split across the Atlantic have accused the Home Office of “inhumanity” and say they may be forced to return to the US after the government refused to reverse a visa decision that lawyers say is based on a misinterpretation of its own rules.

The Home Office had said it was “urgently reviewing” the Westerbergs’ application after the Guardian highlighted the plight of the family, a US man with an English wife and two children who are British citizens.

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