Angela Smith has won her battle to stay in Arbroath after a lengthy struggle with the Home Office.
The 46-year-old woman, originally from Ohio, United States, was ordered out of the country leaving behind her daughter Ceilidh and partner Matthew Tribble.
Ms Smith has lived in Arbroath since 2007 and has had an ongoing battle with the Home Office around gaining permanent residence.
“In April 2014, I received the very blunt response that I had to immediately abandon my daughter and leave the UK,” Angie said.
“Scotland has been my home for six years and I was ordered to leave. Worse yet my daughter was not allowed to leave and would have had to go into foster care.”
Ms Smith had applied for the residence card in July 2013 after her visa was due to expire in December 2013.
“Much of my fight has been made public but since August I have had to remain somewhat quiet as a court order specified that I not speak of my own court case,” she explained.
The coveted residence card was received as an early present on Christmas Eve.
Angela said: “It has been a very long, stressful and expensive battle which could not have been won solely on my own.
“Therefore I would like to humbly and graciously thank everyone who has helped me to win this battle.”
Angela is particularly proud of her daughter: “Ceilidh has shown such a great amount of dignity through this year’s stress which reinforces what I have always known; my daughter is the most classy woman I know and my pride shines knowing that she is mine.”
Angela first came to the country in the late 1980s as the wife of a member of the US military.
She married her second husband, who is from Arbroath, in 1997 but left him in 2008.
She planned to buy a house and marry Matthew before the Home Office turned their world upside down.
Angela has vowed to continue supporting families experiencing similar issues with the Home Office.