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Fourie gets UK visa reprieve

2013-01-09 10:16

London - South African-born former England international Hendre Fourie has been told by immigration officials that he does not have to leave Britain, despite fearing he was on the brink of deportation having retired with a shoulder injury.

According to The Telegraph website, officials from the UK Border Agency contacted Fourie on Tuesday after he revealed he was moving back to South Africa because he thought his working visa had been terminated on his enforced retirement.

Fourie believed he had only 60 days from the moment his club, Sale, informed the Border Agency in December that his employment had been terminated.

But the agency told him on Tuesday that the process had not been started. It also discussed options that would enable him to remain in the UK.

“We have not curtailed Mr Fourie’s visa at this time and he is not required to leave the UK,” a UK Border Agency spokesperson said.

“His employment contract with Sale Rugby Club has been terminated and his employer has rightly informed UKBA of this decision. We are considering what action to take next.

“If an individual’s circumstances change and they no longer meet the terms of their specific visa they can apply for a visa of a different type.

“Mr Fourie has been informed of the process and the various options available to him. It is entirely up to him if he chooses to explore any of them further.”

Fourie, 33, moved to England in 2005 and had hoped to embark on a new career as a teacher following his retirement.

He was capped eight times for England before retiring after two operations failed to cure a long-standing shoulder injury. He was living in Britain on a “sports people visa” that was due to expire in June.

Fourie's wife is South African, but his son was born in the UK.

Fourie was born in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape.

Sport24

Comments
  • womba.wonder - 2013-01-09 10:31

    Good outcome!

      francois.snyman.98 - 2013-01-09 11:08

      Yes indeed. I'm pleased he can continue living there and not come back and put up with all of this rubbish here.

      Mbuyi Mabuya Maphalala - 2013-01-09 11:39

      @ Francious please join him and the rest of you lot.

      Flemstone - 2013-01-09 11:48

      I think he should apologise for the comments and accusations he's made.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2013-01-09 16:24

      Francois, you can also leave if you dont like it here!!

      staal.burgher - 2013-01-09 23:30

      @Francois Snyman - Unfortunately those same problems have spread to the UK thanks to the stupid lefties that have left the gate open to salve their guilt complexes. Europe has been flooded. Population skyrocketing, infrastructure is overtaxed and rape has increased rapidly. It is an ugly situation.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-09 10:41

    Oh what a favour and now let him work in one your farms Britain*he will become one of kwaai plaas boers over there*

      francois.snyman.98 - 2013-01-09 11:11

      Go smear your kitchen floors with cow manure and brew some more beer. Or better still take a trip to Britain and see if you see any farm labourers. They got clever a long time ago!

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-09 19:21

      Fourie we proud of you boy and I was just trying to pull out my fellow African's hearts and they showed that we are all proud of our sports stars irrespective of their origins as long as they represent us we proud of them. Viva Mzantsi!!

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2013-01-09 10:51

    How did he manage to play for England if he was not a UK resident??

      catgirl1971 - 2013-01-09 11:02

      Read the story properly.

      Flemstone - 2013-01-09 12:06

      He must have indefinite leave to remain if he's only got 6 months left to becoming a citizen. I think Fourie has made a complete fool of himself. He made a claim that terrorists are allowed to stay in the country. Does he now consider himself to be on a par with them?

      Brad - 2013-01-09 12:11

      @catgirl...it doesn't clarify anything. I very much doubt that having your kid born in the UK gives you automatic citizenship. I'm with Patrick on this one. The idea that you can be deported after representing the country you live in is absolutely ridiculous.

  • msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-09 11:04

    That should send a clear message to those who fled the country (SA) for the so called greener pestures in countries like Australia, New Zealand, UK, etc, etc, etc.

      gary.desousa.5 - 2013-01-09 11:15

      What msg is that?? read the story, he has to retire due to health,it makes no matter where he was,and believe me those are greener,look how the authorities help him not like the beast was with ministers shouting about his papers????

      byron.pienaar - 2013-01-09 14:26

      Bwhaaa! I'm seeing and living the clear message in sunny Australia!been here over a year,and 1st world country is by far better than 3rd world country.and I like following SA news,it reminds me how naive and narrowminded some people are.I pity those that have to live every day and witness a beautiful country be run into the ground

      stanton.clarke - 2013-01-09 15:48

      Ha Ha Ha, Msika, you know nothing, I live in Europe and there are plenty of black South Africans here living the high life.

  • byron.wright.102 - 2013-01-09 11:41

    This is the old fashioned dip and swirl- they havent allowed him a new Visa they just said he can apply for a different type.

  • graham.fletchercampbell - 2013-01-09 11:49

    If he has played for England surely he should have an English passport or am I missing something????

      Brad - 2013-01-09 12:13

      British passport...

      david.baker.sa - 2013-01-09 17:35

      Yes you are missing something I think the IRB qualification is that someone lives in a country for 3 years (or is it 5) There are no citizenship requirements SA goes further and demands citizenship In fact SA used to follow the same rules Brian Mujati and Beast both played for the Boks when they were Zimbabwe citizens Beast was prohibited later on as was Mujati BEast now has his SA citizenship

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-09 19:16

      Brad and David please don't make noise because Graham is sleeping and he might forget his dream!

  • graham.fletchercampbell - 2013-01-09 11:50

    If he has played for England surely he should have an English passport or am I missing something????

  • gert.swart.393 - 2013-01-09 12:22

    F. England. Come back home!

  • baba.gillian - 2013-01-09 12:45

    ..most welcome to come back home anytime, anyday. SA is proud of you.

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2013-01-10 08:36

    The sad story here you play for your country and then retire and they want to kick you out. Sounds rather funny. Hopefully they can come to some solutions to this as he has made a name for himself in the UK and his family is settled in. For those who don't know much about not been born in England yet still playing for them you need to really wake up and get to know the way things are run there.

  • liam.dafydd - 2013-03-01 11:42

    Having a son born in the UK does not make you a citizen, sorry. The laws have changed.

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