I was on a student visa and was refused extension around Jan 2009. Followed the AIT process, refused but given right to appeal, that was also refused but was told would need to appeal to the Court. I had to engage a barrister to take this, however instructions couldn't be taken from me. Eventually found a solicitor who would give the barrister the instructions. I paid money required at the time for this and was assured that all submissions were being followed and in time. This was about May 2009. About September 2009 a friend who is a legal person found out that my solicitor's firm was closed by the legal services. I wrote to the legal services to ask what is the implication for us as clients to which I didn't get any advice. As I thought however that my papers should have been going through the Court system long before then I continued to wait to receive a call for me to attend Court or otherwise. With time having passed and like I said I have attained the 10 years last year I again pursued the legal services for my file. Only when I received the files I realised that the submission to the Court was not complete as requests for documents etc to be sent back to Court came after the firm was closed. My mother has been here since 1958 and so we have become very close in our relationship for the most part since my first visit here in 1998. The hurtful thing about this saga is that when I was born in 1957 I was British Subject but due to Jamaican independence in 1962 I have lost that status.
I sincerely hope that there is some light through this very dark tunnel that I find myself in at this age!