A FATHER with three children yesterday lost a legal move to keep his illegal immigrant wife in Hong Kong. The Court of Appeal upheld a High Court judge's decision to refuse Chan Kong-tit permission to apply for a judicial review. Mr Chan was trying to overturn the Director of Immigration's decision not to allow his wife to stay. He said his wife, Chan Ching, should remain on humanitarian grounds and that refusal was contrary to the Bill of Rights. He had to work and was unable to take care of the children who were all born in Hong Kong, he said. The Appeal Court, comprising Mr Justice Penlington, Mr Justice Nazareth and Mr Justice Litton, accepted the case was sad and it was sympathetic towards Mr Chan and his family. However, it had already been determined in a recent judgment that use of the Bill of Rights was not appropriate in cases like Mr Chan's.