Thursday, 12 January 2017

The curse of immigration: 'Think twice before you decide to go to the UK'

"This is sending a big warning message to entrepreneurial communities across the globe- think twice before you decide to go to the UK. All your efforts,if not your life, can be ruined by negligent and formalistic work of the UK immigration authorities"- Alexander Schaf,, the Founder of Live online puzzle game.

Immigration means a lot to so many people, however, the challenges could be unbearable and has a very bad effect on people. The story of this Russian Entrepreneur is just one of the endless bad stories that migrants face in the UK. He is not alone, especially now that the UK government is grappling with the challenges of Brexit, fuelled mostly by immigration.

According to Evening Standard newspaper, Alexander Shaf, 33, has lived and worked in Britain since 2010, but said he was unjustly being ordered to go because of an administrative error.
Mr. Shaf is a trained physicist  and an entrepreneurial ambassador at Cranfield Business School where he lectures students.  He also set up a live online puzzle game, along with a planned £240,000 investment.
 He first entered the UK in September 2010 as a Tier-4 student studying for MBA. He successfully switched to a Tier-1 "general migrant" application in 2011 and applied for indefinite leave to remain in April last year, however his application was refused by Home Office on the grounds that he had spent too much time abroad.

He was legally entitled to work and live in the UK until an error was made on his application to the Home Office in June last year. He said the mistake occurred after he spent time in Russia with his father who was dying of pancreatic cancer. He has appealed the Home Office decision which was turned down, and a judicial review process has now been launched which could see him facing a legal bill of £25,000 and could take up to three years.

 During the process, he has been unable to leave the country because he would be refused re-entry meaning he could not attend his father's funeral last year. He said : "I have spent many years caring for my father and prolonging his quality of life, only to not be able to see him in his last days".

 His lawyer. Antonia Torr, of Howard Kennedy said: "Alexander finds himself in a Kafkaesque situation where what should have been a straightforward application has been refused through no fault of his own. Alexander, a highly educated physicist and entrepreneur with a promising business, is exactly the kind of individual we should work hard to keep, With no right to appeal, he faces losing his home, his business and the last six years of his life"

However, a Home Office spokesman said : "The  onus is on the individual to provide the appropriate evidence to support their visa application. Mr Shaf failed to provide all the  required evidence and as a result, his Tier-1 visa application was refused. It remains open to him to make a fresh application''.

Immigration today is a strange world. It can bring a lot of uncertainties. Sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. According to Mandy Flint:"Uncertainty and turblence create questions"

Uche Okeke
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