An Iraqi doctor is still fighting to bring his wife and young children from his terror-ravaged homeland.
Dr Naser Ahmed Jarallah, 43, of Dalton, told the Examiner last month how he feared immigration red tape was putting his family’s lives at risk.
Dr Jarallah is a Shabak who fled Northern Iraq for Huddersfield to escape persecution.
He was granted refugee status in 2010 and has launched a bid to bring his wife Nidaa, 24, and two-year-old twin sons Ibrahim and Ali from Iraq.
Nidaa was forced to flee her home after jihadist terrorists attacked Mosul.
Dr Jallarah won a legal battle to bring his family to Britain on “compassionate” grounds.
But when he sought travel documents he found that a separate visa was needed for new-born daughter Kawthar.
The application had to be started online, printed out and posted to his wife in Iraq and then presented in person – in Oman, Jordan.
Two members of Nidaa’s family were feared kidnapped and she is now living in rented accommodation and Dr Jallarah is desperate to bring his wife and children to safety.
Dr Jallarah, a locum hospital doctor, said: “It is still a difficult situation. They have received the application in Oman and it is being processed.
“We are now hoping an emergency travel visa will be issued as soon as possible.”
Dr Jallarah, who speaks regularly to his wife by telephone and through the internet, added: “The situation is still unpredictable and volatile.
“You cannot be sure you are secure anywhere. I am hoping my family will be out within two weeks but it’s just a matter of waiting.”
The Shabak – whose religious beliefs take aspects from Islam and Christianity – are considered infidels by Islamic State terrorists who have taken over the region.