A DAD who has never held his baby daughter is pleading for help to be reunited with his family.
Separated by more than 1,000 miles, Hakan Yildiz has been refused entry to the UK, despite his Sunderland-born wife and their six-month-old living here.
The 23-year-old was refused a visa last year, but says he has no idea why authorities are keeping his family apart.
Their only current contact is over Skype where Hakan can grab a few precious moments with baby Jenny.
The former pizza shop worker is currently living in Bodrum, Turkey, despite his family spending thousands of pounds on applications to get him reunited with his wife in the UK.
Jasmin, 20, has suffered from depression since the saga began and has been left broken-hearted that her husband is missing out on priceless childhood memories.
Jasmin said: “We want to get him back here. His life is here and he’s missing out on seeing his daughter grow up.
“It’s not as if he’s someone who wants to come here and doesn’t want to work. He does.
“Jenny sees him on the laptop so she knows who he is,” added former Shotton Hall pupil Jasmine, who works part-time in a pizza shop.
“He wants to live here so he can work and provide for us.”
The family have contacted Easington MP Grahame Morris about their plight.
Jasmin added: “We’ve even applied for visiting visas but couldn’t get one.”
Hakan and Jasmin first met almost two years ago and immediately fell in love. They married in Peterlee in May 2011, with the pair enjoying a honeymoon in Hakan’s native country.
It was then that Jasmine found she was pregnant, but Hakan could not return to the UK after he was refused a Visa.
Little Jenny was born on October 29, but her loving father has still never met her.
Jasmin has visited her husband in Turkey on two occasions but was unable to take Jenny with her.
Jasmin’s mum Lee Jackson, 41, said: “We just don’t know what to do next. We’ve done four Visa applications altogether and they have all been turned down.
“Jasmin can’t go out to Turkey with Jenny because it’s just too expensive.”
Hakan continues to work at a Turkish airport for a car rental firm, but hopes that he will soon be able to return to Sunderland.
“Jenny’s going to be one year old at least before Hakan sees her,” added Jasmin.
A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said that the organisation could not discuss individual cases or give a reason why Hakan had been refused entry to the country, but added: “All visa applications are considered on their individual merits and in line with the Immigration Rules.
“Our rules are firm but fair.
“It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they meet the immigration rules.”