On January 2nd 2011, Michael Aranda (a US citizen) asked for six weeks' entry into the UK to help a British band record their album. The border officer granted him entry for six months, writing 'SIX MONTHS' in his passport.
On April 6th, Michael was refused entry back into the UK after a brief trip to France, claiming his visa is only valid for the six weeks he asked for and not the six months his passport states. They said they would let him through if he returns with a valid ticket back to America.
Michael returned two days later with a valid ticket back to America, but was again denied; since he had been turned away previously, the border officer concluded that he poses "a significant risk" to the United Kingdom.
We have started this petition to prove he is not.
Michael is currently stranded in Paris with no way of retrieving his things in London. He owns property in the US which he is paying a mortgage on, so he fully intends to return to his home country once his leave to stay has expired. We, the undersigned, simply hope to convince the British border control officers in France to honour their original agreement to let Michael stay for the remainder of his six month visa, as is stated in his passport.
-Alex Day and Charlie McDonnell
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