Dorset grandmother, 65, will not be deported

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Mrs Wakely has until February to take a British citizenship test

A Canadian-born grandmother who faced deportation despite living in Dorset for 65 years has been told she can stay.

Joan Wakely, who uses a Canadian passport, was told there was no record of her being a citizen when she arrived at Gatwick Airport from holiday.

The 65-year-old has lived in Britain since she was six months old.

The UK Border Agency said Mrs Wakely had been asked to provide additional evidence and had now done so.

Mrs Wakely and her husband Michael, 64, who live in Shaftesbury, were returning from holiday in Florida in August last year when she was stopped by immigration officials.

Remain indefinitely

Mrs Wakely had been told to pay an £840 fee to take a citizen test by February, but refused.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: "When Mrs Wakely arrived at Gatwick last year, she was travelling on a Canadian passport and could not show she had the right to live in the UK permanently.

"She was asked to return to the UK Border Agency with additional evidence and has done so. Her passport now shows she can remain here indefinitely.

"Mrs Wakely is entitled to apply to become a British citizen and her application would be free of charge."

The last time the mother-of-three left the country was 18 years ago for her honeymoon in Paris.

Mrs Wakely's Canadian father met her English mother when he served in Britain during World War II.

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