Gamu Nhengu could be facing deportation, just weeks after she failed to make it into the X Factor final 12.
Gamu, her mum and her two brothers are originally from Zimbabwe and have been living in Scotland for five years. Her mum Nokutula is a fully trained nurse, but The Sun claims that she has received £16,000 in state benefits, which was against the strict rules of her visa.
Officials have therefore refused to approve the family’s latest application for residency and have told Nokutula that they must all leave the country voluntarily, or face deportation.
A UK Border Agency spokeswoman told the newspaper:
“The applications made by Ms Ngazana and her family were considered in line with the published immigration rules.”
“Ms Ngazana’s application was refused as it did not meet all of the conditions for approval. Skilled workers are not allowed recourse to public funds.
“Her family, who had applied as her dependants, were therefore also refused.”
The spokeswoman added: “Where people are found to have no right to remain in the UK we expect them to leave voluntarily.”
This latest news seems consistent with yesterday’s story, that Cheryl Cole was told she couldn’t put Gamu through to the X Factor live shows.
After thousands of people complained when the 18 year old singer was sent home, a source told The Mirror:
“It was made clear Gamu shouldn’t go through because of the visa. Cheryl didn’t have a say.”
A production source added: “Cheryl didn’t have much of a say in the matter. It was made clear that Gamu shouldn’t be put through because they had issues with her, including the visa.
“A lot of people on the show think it’s really unfair that Cheryl is taking all the flak as it was a group decision and she was just following orders.”
They continued: “It’s ridiculous the situation has got this far. It should have been knocked on the head much earlier on. Gamu should never have been put through to the Judges’ Houses with question marks surrounding her visa.
“Everyone on the show has themselves to blame for not being straight from the beginning. Gamu not getting through has now become a bigger talking point than the 12 finalists.”
Speaking out for the first time last night, Gamu told The Sun that she is grateful for all the support she has received. She said:
She said: “I am overwhelmed by the support. I am doing just fine.
“Thank you so much for all the support. The whole experience has been amazing.”