Bereaved Grenfell relatives unable to attend start of public inquiry due to Home Office visa delays - The Independent

Exclusive: Family members who have been granted core participant status in probe after loved ones perished in fatal fire left waiting months for right to enter UK

Bereaved relatives of Grenfell Tower victims who are set to be core participants in the inquiry into the blaze are still waiting to be granted formal rights to be in the UK, as the probe gets underway.

Tributes from family and friends remembering those who died were heard by the public inquiry as its first phase began in London on Monday.

But one man whose sister perished in the blaze feared he would be unable to attend the public inquiry after waiting since December to hear back from the government about his visa application.

It was only when The Independent contacted the Home Office on Friday that Karim Khalloufi and his mother were granted visas so that they could act as core participants in the inquiry. But they will miss the beginning because their visas will now be printed on Wednesday – two days after the start of the hearing.

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