St Albans MS sufferer’s carer wife set to be deported after visa bid failures

Matthew and Dorris Amanor-Howe on their wedding day.

Matthew and Dorris Amanor-Howe on their wedding day. - Credit: Archant

A heartbroken disabled man is about to face life without his carer when his wife is deported.

Ghanian national Dorris Amanor-Howe’s visa application has been rejected multiple times since 2013 - even though she married St Albans local Matthew Howe five years ago.

Late last year Matthew was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and now cannot walk without a frame, tackle the stairs, or manage daily tasks like cooking or laundry unaided.

He relies on Dorris as a carer and wife, but a recent re-application in light of this has been rejected again.

Dorris has been told to go back to Ghana without delay.

The couple have spoken out about their anguish after reading about a similar story in the Herts Ad - Wanwan Qiao is being sent back to China in November without her newborn baby, who will be a month old.

Mrs Amanor-Howe rejection stated: “It is still not accepted that there would be insurmountable or significant obstacles to your relationship continuing in Ghana, if required to leave the UK.” It argues that the MS “must be terminal and the individual must be at the end stages of that illness” and Dorris leaving would result in “an earlier death” for Matthew.

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Matthew said the decision has made him feel like a second-rate citizen: “They are telling me, as a British born citizen, to get out of the country.

“That has really annoyed me, I am a tax payer and I have been paying tax since I was 16 years old and it made me feel like I am a second-rate citizen.”

He says he is disappointed with the British government: “My wife is honest as the day is long and I can wash and dress myself, but it’s other things like cooking that I need help with. My MS is horrible. I was working hard, driving around in my lorry, and now I walk with a frame, I take 10 minutes to walk up the stairs. I think I can do this stuff but I can’t.

“It’s gets me down, and she cheers me up if I get depressed - they said I don’t need my wife but I thought ‘well, I do’.”

Dorris helps Matthew around the house, go to his frequent hospital appointments, and provides mental support through the illness. They are currently challenging the decision in court.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “It would be inappropriate to comment whilst legal proceedings are ongoing.”