She is bringing up her two sons in a quiet corner of Slaithwaite and expecting a third child.

But now Katherine Tate and her husband Dale are fighting a bitter deportation battle to keep her in the UK.

Home Office immigration officials are insisting Katherine, 23, must go back to her native Australia, even though the couple are married and Dale was born and brought up in West Yorkshire.

They thought they had won their case when a judge ruled in their favour last month, but now Home Office officials are trying to overturn that decision from an Immigration Tribunal.

The family’s plight has attracted worldwide attention and their plea for support via social media has attracted more than 1,000 supporters in just 24 hours.

The authorities insist that the couple should have made immigration applications fully in Australia rather than in Britain.

Dale, 30, who grew up in Holmfirth, is totally baffled as well as angry.

She said: “My wife is an Australian citizen, our two children are British citizens, and she is six months pregnant with our third child.

“I own an electrical contracting company and employ two tradesmen and two apprentices in turn creating jobs, skills and a contribution to our economy and welfare system.

“We claim no benefits whatsoever, no child support, no family tax credits or others alike. We pay our taxes and NHS stamp regularly and work hard but for some reason, the Home Office have deemed us to be unsuitable to live here in the UK and have attempted to deport my wife whilst pregnant to a country where she no longer has any support, no job, no home and no family

“Now we are locked in a desperate legal battle which is costing us thousands of pounds that we should be using to look after our home and our family”.

Dale met Katherine in Brisbane in 2009 while he was travelling and they married on October 1, 2011.

They have two sons, Oliver, 3, and Harrison, 2, who were both born in Australia but at British citizens.

Their third child, also a boy, is due in December.

Dale said: “We had no problems in returning to the UK to resume our family life here last July and applied in September for all the permissions we thought we needed.

Katherine and Dale Tate with sons Oliver and Harrison bid farewell to Australia
 

“The Home Office got very strict and insisted that Katherine leave the country within 10 days or would be forcibly removed. We instructed a lawyer and so began a very costly process.

“We finally got them to a tribunal in Manchester and the judge ruled in our favour last month but we have now been told the Home Office want to take things to another court and overturn that decision.

“To make things worse, they have also instructed the NHS not to give my wife any pregnancy care or treatment without payment for these services.

“I’m not a rich man and every penny I earn is for my family. It annoys us that there are so many people here claiming benefits yet we could be split up as a family”.“

Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney has taken up the couple’s case and wrote a letter of support for them to the Tribunal.

He insists the immigration system needs a rapid overhaul and needs to be simplified.

“There are hundreds of thousands of cases caught up in the backlog. The Tates are genuinely worried and we have been fighting their case since February.

“I hope we can get a decisions sooner rather than later”.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “This case is subject to the appeals process and we are unable to comment at this time.”

You can sign the Tate's petition via the link here.