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A French citizen is going through deportation after residing legally within the UK for greater than 40 years.

Leonarda Zarcone, 74, utilized for EU settled standing after Brexit however missed the deadline to offer extra info after an electronic mail went to her junk folder.

The Home Office stated it tried to contact her a number of instances however now Ms Zarcone is going through the “shock of (her) life”.

The retired chip store proprietor was informed she didn’t have residency and had misplaced the fitting to dwell within the UK from an airport immigration officer when she got here again to the UK after a household wedding ceremony in France in September.

She was finally given a 28-day customer stamp and allowed by means of border management.

Ms Zarcone lived within the UK as a baby and moved completely along with her husband and two eldest kids in 1981.

She cares for her husband and daughter and stated she is nervous and “really upset”.

“All my family and my roots are here. It’s really frightening,” she informed the BBC.

The household ran a conventional British fish and chip store in Leicester till she retired seven years in the past.

Her son and husband additionally submitted EU settlement claims and have been each authorised, leaving Ms Zarcone to imagine hers can be authorised too.

But the Home Office demanded extra proof that she had lived within the UK constantly for 5 years and he or she missed the deadline to reply.

Her son David Brunetto stated: “She’s receiving a state pension, so she’s paid into the system.

“She’s paid her taxes. She’s paying council tax. There’s a lot of proof.”

Ms Zarcone made a new application in September which was rejected as invalid, and then her visitor’s visa expired.

She received a letter from the Home Office about the “penalties of staying within the UK unlawfully”, such as detainment, prosecution and deportation.

Ms Zarcone said her youngest daughter and grandchildren were born in Leicester, and the prospect of being separated from her family is upsetting.

She added: “I’m actually unhappy. I’m actually offended. Where can I’m going? When my household lives right here and my kids.”

She has turned to an immigration lawyer for help, Tito Mbariti, who said her case is “surprising, as dangerous because it will get”.

The Home Office has been contacted for remark.