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Stranded Cornwall man Agung Mantra returns from Bali

  • 21 July 2014
  • From the section Cornwall
Agung Mantra Image copyright Matt Bain
Image caption Agung Mantra arrives at Newquay Airport after five months waiting for a visa to return to the UK from Bali

A Cornish businessman stranded in Bali since February has arrived back in the UK.

Mr Mantra, 38, who is originally from Indonesia, was met by wife Lesley and son Marley at Newquay Airport.

He lost his passport and had to stay in Bali until the Home Office reissued his Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) visa.

It came after a social media campaign and a question in parliament by Sarah Newton, Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth.

Mr Mantra has lived in Perranporth, where he owns two shops, for 14 years.

He had been with his family on holiday in Bali when he lost his passport and the lack of a visa meant his family had to return to the UK without him.

His wife Lesley said on Facebook: "So relieved this is over and we can get on with our lives.

"Thank you, thank you to everyone who has supported us."

A Home Office spokesman said: "The onus is normally on the individual to provide all the necessary evidence to support their visa application.

"Mr Mantra was unable to do this in his original application, however we worked with him to conduct the necessary checks in order to establish his claim to hold Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK."

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