74-year-old retiree told he is not British after 42 years in UK

Nelson Shardey, 74, came to the UK from Ghana in 1977 when he was 28, but may not get official citizenship until in his 80s(Andrew Teebay Liverpool Echo)

A retired 74-year-old Ghanaian man who has lived in the UK for nearly 50 years must wait a decade before the Home Office will let him stay permanently.

Nelson Shardey, from Wallasey in Wirral, had for many years assumed he was officially seen as British.

He only discovered otherwise in 2019 and, despite paying taxes all his adult life, now faces paying thousands of pounds to stay and use the NHS.

The Home Office declined to comment on the ongoing legal case.

‘Never queried’

Retired newsagent Mr Shardey first came to the UK in 1977 to study accountancy, on a student visa that also allowed him to work.