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New mum could be torn from baby in visa row

Residency denied: Wanwan and David Kiff with their son Oliver PICTURE: SWNS

A YOUNG mother faces being separated from her baby boy just weeks after giving birth.

Wanwan Kiff’s son Oliver was born this week but she has been told she must return to her native China in four months because she has twice been refused permission to stay in the UK.

The 27-year-old’s husband David Kiff, 32, said she will have to leave their son behind because he is considered British and does not have a residence visa for China.

Mr Kiff said the Home Office told them it ‘didn’t see any reason we couldn’t move to China’. Mrs Kiff is estranged from her family in China and the couple say Mr Kiff would also not be granted a visa.

The software developer, who earns above the £18,000 threshold needed to support a foreign national, said: ‘I strongly believe Oliver was born two weeks early because of the stress on Wanwan. He is healthy, but she is still very distressed.’

The pair, from St Albans, Hertfordshire, met in April last year and were married in November, three days before Mrs Kiff’s application was refused. Mr Kiff said his wife was breastfeeding Oliver, adding: ‘It’s difficult to see them being split up. It’s heartbreaking.’ The Home Office said Mrs Kiff’s application ‘did not meet the immigration rules’ but it would reconsider her case following Oliver’s birth.