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How the Ganis story unfolded:.

March 2005: Dr Akif Gani and his wife of seven years, Somayya, and children Aalia, three, and Shakeel, 11 months, apply to the Home Office for leave to remain in Britain.

April 19 ( Dr Gani granted indefinite leave to remain but Somayya, 29, and the children are told to leave.

April 20 ( The Chronicle reveals the situation and launches a campaign to rally local support and ask the Home Office to reconsider

April 21 ( Friends and neighbours back our campaign and local MPs promise to look into the case

April 22 ( The Home Office agrees to review the case and staff at Newcastle General Hospital launch a petition in support of the Ganis

April 23 ( Letters begin to pour in from readers and patients backing our campaign and calling for the Home Office to rethink their decision

April 24 ( Dr Gani receives written confirmation of Home Office review but continues with the official appeal process

April 30 ( Baby Shakeel is invited to an appeal tribunal fixed for June but no letter arrives for Somayya or Aalia

May 1 ( Dr Gani writes to Home Office to point out the confused paper work and ask for clarity over why only Shakeel has a tribunal

May 2 ( Consultants at Newcastle Hospitals Trust write to the Home Office urging them to rethink pointing out his value in the local NHS

May 6 ( Somayya and Aalia invited to attend Shakeel's appeal tribunal but are listed as the 11-month-old's dependants

May 11 ( The Home Office call Dr Gani's solicitors to personally promise a review of the case

May 14 ( Stamped passports arrive granting Somayya, Aalia and Shakeel indefinite leave to remain in Britain.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 17, 2005
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