A JUNIOR NHS doctor has been told to leave the UK within a WEEK – despite living here most of her life.
Mu-Chun Chiang, 27, said a “nonsensical administrative issue” was behind the Home Office’s surprise decision to reject her visa application.
Mu-Chun Chiang, 27, was told on Friday that she had just days to leave the UK or face imprisonment and deportation[/caption]
Dr Chiang, an NHS doctor, said a ‘nonsensical administrative error’ was behind the Home Office decision[/caption]
She was told she must leave Britain for her native Taiwan within days – or face six months’ imprisonment and deportation.
Dr Chiang, who has lived in the UK for more than 13 years, said: “When I got the letter I was shocked.
“All these things were going on in my head.
“I was worried because we were already understaffed on our ward and leaving all my friends would be really heartbreaking.”
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Dr Chiang lived in Glasgow from 1997 to 2002 with her parents before returning to the UK in 2006 to study
She has lived here ever since and now works at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool.
But after her student visa expired in June, Dr Chiang’s application for a new working visa was rejected in August.
A Home Office rule states an applicant’s bank balance cannot drop below £945 in the 90 days beforehand.
But Dr Chiang yesterday insisted she had more than that amount saved up.
The bank account she used for the application had the correct money by the end of each month, she insisted – but had dropped below for only a few days in one of them.
She desperately appealed the decision and sent the Home Office evidence of her savings account.
But she was left heartbroken when her appeal was rejected.
And on Friday distraught Dr Chiang received a letter telling her that she “must leave the UK now”.
If she failed to leave, she would “be liable to be detained and removed”, the letter said.
It warned she could be prosecuted and told her she can no longer work in the UK.
Dr Chiang has also been told by NHS managers that she may not be paid for the 19 days’ work she put in before she received the Home Office rejection.
‘DEFIES COMMON SENSE’
Campaigners have said the decision “defies basic common sense.”
Satbir Singh of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants said: “Our immigration system is dysfunctional, complicated and inhumane.
“That someone can be threatened with detention and removal because of a small technical mistake in a visa application highlights the urgent need for the system to be rebuilt from ground up so that people who move here are treated fairly and with humanity.”
A petition set up by Dr Chiang’s friend calling for her to be allowed to stay in the UK received more than 25,000 signatures in just days.
She has also been in contact with lawyers in case she needs to fight her case in the courts.
Dr Chiang added: “I’m quite lucky as I’ve got a lot of people supporting me.
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“I know from other people that there has been cases where people have just packed up and gone, because they didn’t know what else to do.”
As publicity around her case grew in recent days, Dr Chiang was contacted by the Home Office yesterday who said her case would be reviewed.
A spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “We are reconsidering Ms Chiang’s application now that further evidence has been provided.”
Mu-Chun Chiang, left, and her friend Mina Mesri – who set up a petition that’s had more than 25,000 signatures[/caption]
Mu-Chun Chiang, left, as a child in Glasgow, where she spent five years with her family[/caption]
Mu-Chun Chiang as a toddler with her dad. She has been told to leave the UK over a banking issue[/caption]
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