Reunite Families UK

Paige Ballmi

Paige Ballmi

Paige first became involved with Reunite Families UK in May 2018 after struggling to cope after an unlawful refusal of her now husband’s fiancé visa in 2017. Despite having taken on 2 jobs to satisfy the Minimum Income Requirement, the HO denied the visa stating that she didn’t meet the MIR. The HO were also not satisfied that their relationship was genuine despite sending more than enough evidence, including 700 pictures.

After the refusal Paige suffered a mental break down, which sadly led to her attempting suicide and being sectioned. It was a very difficult time for Paige – with very little help around her and her fiancé who was her only support unable to be here. After 11 months and 2 days of anguish, the visa nightmare was finally resolved through many complaints, 2 big news stories and an appeal. Whilst now has her happy ending there are many in this group who are still facing the challenging these harsh family migration rules bring.

Determined to turn her negative experience into a positive, Paige decided to reach out to others in similar situations and came across Reunite Families UK. She is now an integral part of the team not only doing campaign administration but also dedicates herself to offering information, advice and guidance to others facing similar issues, and supporting those who are having to deal with mental health, such as anxiety and depression, as a result of being separated from their families & facing extreme uncertainty..

When she finds a spare moment, Paige’s main job is full time Communications & Administrative Support officer for a local charity in North London.