A Filipino Nurse, and his family, are celebrating this week after Immigration Minister Liam Byrne granted them a temporary reprieve from a removal order, Balita Pinoy reports.
Following intervention by Adam Price, their local Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Byrne agreed to:
“…propose to grant Aldrin Quibuyen, a Filipino Nurse, and his family a period of leave, to allow him and his care home employer to remedy the situation.”
Mr Quibuyen had sought help from his constituency MP, Adam Price, who took up the case after Border and Immigration Agency (Home Office) officials had rejected his Work Permit renewal application.
The case was refused because of a mistake by Mr Quibuyen when he changed jobs and failed to make a new ‘Further Leave to Remain’ application at the time he took up his new employment.
Minister Byrne conceded in the House of Commons that honest mistakes on Mr Quibuyen’s side were made and that the rules are complex. To that end the minister would allow the Quibuyen family time to remedy the situation, in effect, the deportation order is lifted and he can apply in the normal manner for an extension of his permit.
Adam Price, the Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, who raised the case on the floor of the House (Parliament), hopes this is the end of the matter and the Quibuyens can go back to a normal family life.
As well as this high profile backing, the Quibuyen family had a lot of local support in the community.
Get the help of your local MP
This is an example of the kind of action which needs to be taken by anyone facing unfair immigration decisions and removal orders. See story Highly Skilled Migrants March on Parliament.
All over the UK action groups are being formed to fight unfair decisions against Senior Carers and I urge you to do the same.
We have had hundreds of calls from overseas Senior Care staff desperately worried about thier status.
The Philippine Embassy has also been inundated with enquiries and last week Ambassador Espiritu took the rare step of issuing a statement calling on Home Secretary Jacqui Smith (http://www.jacquismithmp.co.uk/) to:
“Allow those who are already in the UK to renew their work permits as long as their employers have a position for them and are willing to engage their services.”
The Embassy is advising Filipino and all overseas Senior Carers to contact their local MP and sign the “Save Our Senior Carers” on-line petition to the Prime Minister – http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/SaveCarers/
Are you a member of a Union?
If you are not yet a member of a trade union, join one now before it’s too late. Most major unions will help you fight your case and give welfare support if you are in trouble, provided you have been a member for a minimum period e.g. twelve weeks.
Unison has close links with the community and their international liaison, Susan Cueva, is a Filipina.
If you are worried about your future in the UK, consult a registered immigration adviser or email Charles Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all the latest Home Office announcements see www.immigrationmatters.co.uk