A Scotland rugby player’s Iranian grandparents have won their battle against deportation .

Scotland international Damien Hoyland recently revealed his family’s fight to prevent his grandparents’ deportation. Mozaffar Saberi, 83, and his wife Rezvan Habibimarand, 73, lived in Edinburgh on and off over the past 40 years.

They have reportedly been granted leave to remain in the UK after a decision to deport them was reversed.

 

The couple never sought citizenship and faced removal because they did not have the required visa. Edinburgh Rugby player Hoyland is one of the couple’s 11 grandchildren and made an emotional appeal last month for them to be allowed to remain in Scotland.

He said: “It’s only really hit home today the idea that I might not be able to see them ever again. They’ve been a massive, massive influence, they’ve been there since I was very young.

Mozaffar Saberi and his wife Rezvan Habibimarand (L) have lived in Edinburgh on and off for the last 40 years

“Ever since I can remember they’ve been around. I know they’ve been back and forth from Iran since I’ve been a young age, but it feels like they’ve always been here, always present.

“The thought of not having them around anymore is really horrible.”

 

Thousands of people have signed the petition against the removal of Mozaffar and Rezvan.

The couple spent time in the UK on visitor visas over the years but after visiting in November 2012 they made an application to remain on human rights grounds which was refused by the Home Office.

A second application was also refused and they appealed against the decision.

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