Thirteen-year-old Cherry’s residency visa expired four months ago. If she does not submit a copy of her renewed visa to her school by November, she would not be promoted to the next grade, or worse, expelled from school.
The Indian teenager is facing an uncertain academic future for no fault of hers. Her father Anirudh Chandran who is her sponsor in the UAE, is accused in a financial crime and is fighting a legal battle since the start of 2012.
As an accused, Chandran’s passport is in the custody of Dubai courts, and he is blacklisted pending a court verdict. In effect, this means he cannot renew his or his dependents’ residency permits.
“I am afraid my daughter will have to discontinue her studies from next year for no fault of hers. There is so much pressure from the school to submit documents before the November deadline, but we feel helpless,” Chandran told.