An Australian man who was barred from entering the UK by the immigration authorities for the third time for allegedly running a fake company has finally been granted a visa after all.
Altair travel company owner and former chief executive Richard “Altair” Wong said in a statement on Wednesday he would now be able to fly to the country and apply for a new visa.
Altair has been granted entry to the United Kingdom after the British Home Office revoked his passport in December.
The man was refused entry to Britain after he said he was an entrepreneur with a UK company, a claim that was denied by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
He told the BBC that he had no business activity in the country, saying he only got the visa after the Home Office had revoked his visa three times.
He said he would be applying for a visa within the next three weeks and that he was looking forward to getting to work.
“I will now be allowed to enter the UK,” he said.
“This is a big victory for me.”
Mr Wong was granted entry after the government revoked his licence to operate in November 2015.
“We were told that the Home Secretary was trying to force the issue and we were going to be stopped, but we were not, and we’re not going to stop,” he told the ABC.
“Now we can get our work done, and it’s not only the money, but the health and wellbeing of my family and of my friends.”
A Home Office spokesman said it would not comment on individual cases.
“The Home Secretary’s decisions are made independently and subject to the advice of immigration experts,” the spokesman said.