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Chinese girl (3) to be reunited with parents in Ireland after visa refusal

A THREE-year old girl denied re-entry into Ireland after visiting her grandparents in China is to be reunited with her parents.

Jiayi Shao, who was born in Ireland, went to stay with her grandparents in 2009 but when her parents applied for a visa to bring her back last year, it was refused.


Her mother, Meijiao Yu and father Xiao Shao, who are married and legally resident in Clondalkin, Dublin, claimed the family had been torn apart as a result of that decision.


They got High Court permission last week to challenge the decision in judicial review proceedings against the Minister for Justice and Equality.


Today, a spokeswoman for Minister Alan Shatter said after learning of the plight of Jiayi and her family last week, he issued instructions a visa should be issued.


The Immigrant Council of Ireland, who assisted the family in bringing the court case, welcomed the decision and said the family will now be reunited in Ireland once the formalities have been completed and travel arrangements made.

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