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X Factor's Gamu Nhengu wins right to stay in the UK

Gamu Nhengu
Image caption Gamu Nhengu will be able to stay in the UK

Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu will be able to stay in the UK, her family's lawyer has confirmed.

The 19-year-old singer, who lives in Clackmannanshire, was ordered to leave the UK last year after her mother's visa renewal was turned down.

But the family lawyer Frances Farrell said an appeal against the decision had been allowed by the court.

The Home Office now has five days to respond to the ruling. If they accept it, the family can remain in the UK.

In November, Border Agency officials reversed their initial decision not to accept Nokuthula Ngazana's visa renewal.

However they reinstated the order to leave the UK in March after a review.

But an immigration court has overturned this decision after the family appealed.

Mrs Farrell said: "We are delighted to announce that the court has allowed Gamu, her brothers and her mother's appeal.

"If the Home Office accepts the decision of the court, then my clients will be granted leave to remain in the UK.

"The Home Office have a five working day limit to appeal and we hope they do not exercise that right.

"My clients are all delighted with the decision, it's the first great news they've had for months."

Ms Nhengu and her family have lived in Tillicoultry for several years after coming to Scotland from Zimbabwe.

The singer was allowed to stay in the country as a dependant while her mother studied at university.

She went on to become a household name when X Factor judge Cheryl Cole failed to put her through to the live shows, favouring Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel.

Gamu's mother's visa expired in August 2010 and the family's application to remain was initially rejected as they did not meet Home Office criteria.

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