Prossy akooza was granted asylum in the UK on Friday 17th October, 15 long months and 3 court cases after first applying. She is now able to live, work, and study in the United Kingdom on the same basis as any UK National for the next 5 years. After this, she will be allowed to apply for permanent residence and then citizenship.
Prossy has been amazed at the level of support from people including:
- 5200 people from countries, and church congregations, from all over the world who have signed her petition to the Home Office asking that she be allowed to stay.
- 100s of people who have written or emailed the Immigration Minister.
- The 80 members and friends of Metropolitan Community Church, Manchester who have supported her with their love, prayers, money and concern.
- The 19 friends who went to court with her and helped her collect signatures on her petition at Pride festivals all over the country.
- The 10 friends who gave evidence in court on her behalf.
- The 3 amazing lawyers who drafted and prepared her cases (Ruth Heatley from the Immigration Aid Unit and barristers Mark Schwenk and Mel Plimmer)
But most of all the one person who has seen through this ordeal with quiet dignity, humour even in the darkest moments, and faith that all would be well – Prossy herself.