The 25-year-old, who trains at the Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre, was however locked up last week at Dungavel immigration removal centre in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Before the 2012 Olympics, Victor signed up for the British Army, and was sent a letter inviting him to return to the UK for recruitment, reports Manchester Evening News.
After claiming to have passed written and physical tests, he applied to extend his visa so he could stay in Britain before enlisting. He soon found love and the couple moved to Salford in July 2013. All was going smoothly until Victor was told that due to new guidelines, his application to join the Army had been refused.
Robyn and Victor applied for asylum in a bid to stay together and claim they were told by the Home Office they could get married pending the application. They assumed Victor’s UK residency would not be a problem. After marrying in April last year, his asylum claim was refused. In April, he spent two weeks at the immigration centre, but was released after an appeal.
Immigration rules mean that anyone applying for a visa as the spouse of a British citizen had to have the legal right to be here for at least the next six months when they got married. They also have to be able to prove they can support themselves financially.His wife Robyn, 27, who is seven months pregnant, has started an online petition urging the Home Office to let her husband stay.
“It took the army a year to tell him he couldn’t join. The Home Office should have told him he couldn’t stay a long time ago if that’s what was always going to happen.
“I don’t understand why they’ve only started detaining him now after we’ve set up a life, got married and I’ve become pregnant.
“The communication just hasn’t been there.
“The stress is unbearable. None of this would have happened if not for the army’s slowness in letting Victor know about the change in the acceptance rules.
“I need him and his unborn child needs him.” she says.