Specialist Covid infection control scientist Charles Oti should be in his NHS job fighting the virus. Instead, the Home Office wants to deport him to Nigeria.
The government has refused Charles Oti, 46, from Nigeria the right to remain in the UK even though the job he was offered is among the government’s most sought-after skilled positions.
Its current list of “skilled worker visa: shortage occupation” has “biological scientists and biochemists” in second place, with acute shortages identified in all four nations across the UK.
However, the Home Office – which recently accepted that Oti suffered experiences akin to torture during a racist attack in Northampton – said he faced being deported because he did not have the correct documentation. Guardian
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In 2018, MPs and immigration experts criticised the use of the controversial section 322(5) of the Immigration Act, which was designed in part to tackle terrorists and individuals judged to be a threat to national security.
The act was used to accuse highly skilled migrants, including teachers, doctors, scientists and engineers, of lying in their applications – either for making minor and legal amendments to their tax records, or having discrepancies in declared income.
It was hoped that a court of appeal ruling in April 2019 – known as the Balajigari case – would resolve the situation. The court ruled that the Home Office had been acting unlawfully by not giving this group of migrants an opportunity to explain tax discrepancies before refusing them leave to remain. Guardian
However, a new report from the NGO Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN), found that at least 70 of these cases have “fallen through the cracks” since. All of the cases are from Commonwealth countries, including Pakistan, India and Nigeria, and all have been in the UK for 10 or more years, and have built a life, family and career here. MigrantsRightsNetwork
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