Gurkhas lose bid to live in UK with parents

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Four adult children from Gurkha families have lost a test case High Court battle for the right to live with parents settled in the UK.

A judge upheld Home Office decisions refusing the four, who are in their late 20s and early 30s, indefinite leave to remain in the country.

Lawyers for the four argued that Government policy that barred over-18s not already settled from getting leave, except in exceptional circumstances, did not reflect the “devotion and commitment of the Gurkhas and their families to the UK and the British Army”.

But Mr Justice Eady, sitting in London, said the policy determining who should be allowed to settle covered the families of all foreign and Commonwealth service personnel.

The judge ruled that “the great contributions” made by Gurkhas to British interests over generations “should not be allowed to distort the interpretation of legislative provisions or guidance directives” which were not specific to them.