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radubradu

help with immigration to the UK for a Syrian friend

I am dealing with a difficult situation and I am hoping for some advice or to find someone in the same situation.
I am a 32 year old male living in the UK for three years now. I am originally from Romania. Before coming to the UK, I spent 3 years in Iran studying for a Master's degree. There, I met a guy and we became very good friends. It wasn't anything sexual, but we bonded really strongly and remained in touch ever since I left Iran four years ago. He is from Syria and he is studying in Iran as I did. Seeing that the situation in Syria is only getting worse, he absolutely cannot go back there, for political as well as gay human rights reasons. His time for studying is coming to an end soon and he has to go somewhere, as I said, going back is not an option for him. Some of his friends went back and they disappeared, and they weren't even gay. I really want to have him here with me, but I don't know how to bring him here. I could support both of us until he found a living. I just don't know how to get a visa for him, I'm not yet a citizen of the UK. Also, if he does get here somehow, I don't want him to be deported, especially not to Syria!
Any advice would be really helpful, I don't even know to which associations or human rights groups to appeal. I wrote to some gay groups, but they can't help.
Thanks a lot guys

10 Mar 2018 15:32

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Aleksandr

RE: help with immigration to the UK for a Syrian friend

Hi radubradu,

Applying for asylum is a possibilty, in fact a few years ago a gay Syrian Kurd won a legal battle in the UK and was allowed to stay. The link is down below to the news story about it. Additionally, if your friend is able to study at a UK university he may be entitled to a Tier 4 (General) student visa. I will also attach a link to the UK governments asylum page. Additionally, contacting the British Embassy in Tehran may provide further help to you, I will put the link below for that too. I hope this helps out a bit, I'm sorry some parts of the world still treats us like second class citizens, it's not fair.

http://ekurd.net/mismas/articles/misc2011/1/kurdsworld521.htm

https://www.gov.uk/claim-asylum

https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/uk-for-iranians

15 Mar 2018 01:04

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