Becky and her partner want to be the best parents they can to their daughter Alia - but it can be tough over a sketchy Skype connection. 

Becky and her partner Abdou met in Morocco, while she was volunteering with children with disabilities. They fell in love and decided they wanted to be together. But the UK’s family migration rules, some of the strictest in the world, said otherwise. 

“Alia smiled at 3 months and laughed at 5 months. I’m just waiting for her first word now – but it makes me so sad that her dad has missed out on so many milestones. Those moments are bittersweet now”

Abdou missed his first child's birth because the Home Office said he couldn't afford a return ticket to Morocco at the end of the visit - in fact, they had overlooked his return ticket, which he had already bought and included in the application. The refusal of the visit visa was a shock to the couple. Alia was born prematurely just a few days later - doctors believe the early birth might have been brought on by stress. 

“This leads you to really dark days. I wake up with chest pains every day. I don’t want my little girl to have to live like this too"

Alia is now 7 months old, and has met her father just once, during a 3-day visit to Morocco. Abdou hasn't been allowed to visit them in the UK, to spend proper time with his daughter and meet Becky's family in person. As for living together permanently, that's out of the question for now. Why? Becky earns less than £18,600.

Even when she was working for the NHS, she earned below the threshold. And now that she's effectively a single parent, she has to choose between spending time with her daughter and working enough hours to earn the right to love. Until something changes, Alia will only be able to spend time with her father over Skype.

This young family is desperate to build a life together, and Becky and Abdou are fighting for the change in law that will make that happen. Will you join them?

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