Fijian ex-soldier wins bid to stay

A former soldier from Fiji has won his battle to stay in the UK after issuing a personal appeal to David Cameron. Filimone Lacanivalu - who served with the Army for nine years - was facing deportation after he failed to fill in the necessary forms.

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Soldier contribution 'reflected in immigration rules'

A Home Office spokesman confirmed Home Secretary Theresa May and immigration minister Mark Harper had reviewed the case of British Army veteran Filimone Lacanivalu and agreed the Fijian former soldier could remain in the UK.

We recognise the immense sacrifice and contribution made by our armed forces and try to reflect this in the immigration rules.

Foreign and Commonwealth military personnel who have served for more than four years can apply to settle here up to two years after leaving the military.

Although Mr Lacanivalu applied to stay outside of this time, the Home Secretary and immigration minister personally reviewed his case and, in light of his service in the British Army, have agreed he should be granted settlement in the UK.

– Home Office spokesman

Fijian former soldier: I'm a happy man

A British Army Veteran who has been granted the right to remain in the UK after being threatened with deportation said today he is a "happy man" now that his case had been resolved.

Filimone Lacanivalu, who failed to make a formal request to remain in the UK after he left the Army, told BBC Radio 4's Today: "I was not aware of that because I did not receive any instructions from the Army itself or the Ministry of Defence before I left the forces."

I have been in the forces, I've put in effort, sacrificed my life for this country. I just think to stay here will be a benefit, there's more opportunities...

I was not aware of that because I did not receive any instructions from the Army itself or the Ministry of Defence before I left the forces.

– Former soldier Filimone Lacanivalu

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May 'personally intervened' in Fijian ex-soldier case

Home Secretary Theresa May is said to have personally reviewed the case of Filimone Lacanivalu, a Fijian ex-soldier threatened with deportation, and decided last night that he could remain in the country.

Home Secretary Theresa May is said to have personally intervened in the case of Filimone Lacanivalu . Credit: PA

The 34-year-old, who was part of the British Army for nine years, served with the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.

Fijian ex-soldier wins battle to stay in Britain

A former Fijian soldier who fought for the British Army has won his battle to stay in the UK after being threatened with deportation.

Filimone Lacanivalu - who served with the Army for nine years - missed the deadline for an residency request form and was taken to a detention centre for five weeks.

The soldier issued a personal appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron and saw his case taken up by MPs and the press.

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