A BRITISH Born Joiner born and raised in England with has been ordered to leave the UK immediately by the Home Office.
Shane Ridge from Colne, Lancs, received the letter from the Home Office last week and it informed him he had ‘no lawful basis to be in the UK’.
The 21-year-old was born and schooled in Lancashire before taking up an apprenticeship and has payed taxes.
He may face imprisonment or a £5,000 fine for living illegally in his homeland if he doesn’t leave his family, girlfriend and livelihood behind.
Shane believes the bizarre decision is down to his mum being born when his grandparents visited Australia (Where the Queen is Head of State), though she is now a British citizen.
The letter declares that the Home Office is working with the DVLA, NHS and banks to ‘stop access to benefits and services for those with no lawful basis to be in the UK’ – before writing bluntly: “This includes you.”
It also states that his driving licence will be revoked and that he must stop driving immediately.
Shane said: “It’s surreal. This is the only letter I have ever received in relation to me having to leave the country. It just came through my letterbox out of the blue.
“It’s not right that I have always paid my taxes and worked, I’ve never claimed benefits and always had a job. Why do I get this letter when other people are here without contributing?
“I’ve lived by the book – never had a criminal record.
“The letter even says they will stop my accessing the NHS or banks. I’ve always been to the doctors with no problems and me and my girlfriend have a joint bank account.”
The Home Office declined to comment because they said it is an ongoing case.
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