Jinsol flies back, but faces airport visa battleBy Alice Murphy
November 21, 2008
A Winnersh teenager who has been stranded in South Korea could be landing back on British soil this weekend, her adoptive family hopes.
But Jinsol Choi’s family fear she could still be turned away at the airport because of a legal wrangle over her visa, which has left her trapped away from her family.
Her adoptive father and uncle Herndong has asked her to come home to the UK as a temporary visitor but he admited the family does not know if immigration officers will hand Jinsol a visa when she lands in Britain this weekend.
Jinsol flew back to South Korea in July to renew her six month visa but that was refused because her adoption by her uncle is not recognised by British law.
The family must now go through the adoptive process again for it to be recognised in the UK, however legal advisers have told Mr Choi this may take up to two years.
Jinsol is staying with her grandmother in South Korea, however she is too frail to care for her permanently and her real father has an inoperable brain tumour which has seriously affected his health.
Mr Choi has again implored Wokingham MP John Redwood, who has already written to the immigration minister about the matter, to step in and help.