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Terry, Javad and Stuart

Terry, Javad and Stuart

Urgent support for young man to stay in UK

Javad is a young orphaned autistic man, who came to the UK from Iran. Since learning about Javad’s case, Hastings Online Times has supported his wish to stay in the UK with Terry and Stuart Alexander, who three years ago took him into their home and hearts. Having had the threat of deportation hanging over his head for so long, Javad now wants to make another application to the Home Office to be allowed to stay in this country. With this aim and the help of his supporters, Javad is preparing to travel to Liverpool to do this on 22 May and he urgently needs your active and loud support. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Read HOT’s coverage of Javad’s journey from Iran to the UK in these articles: Save Javad from deportation and Help local family save Javad from deportation and Request for help for Javad

Terry Alexander, who loves and cares for Javad as if he were her own son, has now written to Javad’s supporters about his progress and why our support is so vitally important at this time. If Javad is sent back to Iran, where he has no family or friends or support network, it will not only be a nightmarish situation for him, but also for his surrogate family and friends and supporters in the UK, who would very much miss his presence in their lives.

Javad with friends at Rock A Nore

Javad with friends at Rock A Nore

“Javad is continuing to develop in confidence and talent. I have two beautiful dresses made by him now – and he has several pairs of trousers. His art work is improving steadily. Earlier this month he led a group of musicians in a simple tune on his recorder – I was so proud!

“Javad wishes to make another application to the Home Office to be allowed to stay in this country as he is getting increasingly frustrated with not being allowed to work and sees his life passing him by. We go up to Liverpool to do this on 22nd May.

Javad with Cecile, who was the CEO of Autism Sussex

Javad with Cecile at a leaving celebration

“I am asking you once again if you would be willing to show your support. Thank you for all the letters, etc we’ve had in the past, but now is the time for another push to gain support for Javad to stay in the UK. Please:

Sign and share the petition link with as many people as possible and ask them to sign – and leave a message of support in the comments box.

Post a Comment at the end of this post on Hastings Online Times

Email /write to your local newspaper/media outlet – these have all shown interest in the past: (Attn Kent Barker)

mailto: gem.o’


Contact your local MP. If in Hastings and Rye, Home Secretary Amber Rudd is ours.

“If you would be able to do this in the next month it would give us time to collate everything. Please let me know if you get something published, so I can include a copy in his file.”

Javad, Terry, Stuart and all of his supporters are very grateful and appreciative of your support.


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Thank you for your continued support!

Posted 11:53 Monday, Mar 19, 2018 In: Hastings People


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  1. Zelly Restorick

    Dear Bogbrush (strange to reply to this chosen name, as it feels insulting),
    Javad has been in the UK for many years now – more years than he has been in his home country, I believe – and it would be traumatic for him to be sent back to Iran where he has no support, especially when he has severe autism and little ability to be able to communicate. He is keen to work, hasn’t been granted any benefits whilst here, having been supported by those who care for him – and wants to contribute to this society. Here he has people who care for him – and this counts for a lot in anyone’s life – and these people would be devastated by the loss of him in their lives. I hear where you’re coming from, but I hope sincerely that the Home Office will see things differently.
    Thank you for taking the time to write.
    Zelly Restorick

    Comment by Zelly Restorick — Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 11:55

  2. bogbrush

    Would someone please explain what his grounds for staying in the country are, because everything depends on them in regard to immigration status and right to remain. Clearly the excellent care and encouragement he has received from Terry and Stuart have greatly benefited his progress, given his difficult past and present. But in themselves being orphaned and/or autistic would hardly constitute valid reasons to grant indefinite leave to remain. Please enlighten us.

    Comment by bogbrush — Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 11:48

  3. Jacqueline Oxbury

    Over the three years I have known Javad he has grown into a happy, caring young man. In the loving environment created for him by Terry and Stuart he has been able to develop his talents – sewing, design, cooking and music. These gifts will enable Javad to earn a living and become a useful, caring member of the community. I am lucky to be regarded as one of his friends and I would be devastated if he were forced to leave this country – as would Terry, Stuart and all our friends. This young man deserves the opportunity to live the happy, secure family life the U.K. can offer him. Please allow him to stay.

    Comment by Jacqueline Oxbury — Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 @ 11:40

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