An Indian man who faced being deported from Scotland after almost 10 years has been told he can now stay.
Earlier this week, Immigration Matters reported the story of Swarthick Salins, 37, after he had been informed by the UK Border Agency that he and his family would have to leave after his savings fell £78 below the required amount.
Mr Salins’, whose three children, aged six, five, and three, were born in Scotland, met with Border Agency staff in Glasgow and a fresh residency application was made, which has now been accepted.
Mr Salins has a PhD from St Andrews University, which he studied for with support from a charity set up by Stagecoach multi-millionaire Ann Gloag.
Ms Gloag had criticised the decision to order him to leave and First Minister Alex Salmond also asked the Home Office to look again at the case.
Mr Salins told the BBC Scotland news website he was “elated” by the decision.
“I’m glad all of this is over and I can get on with my life,” he said.
“You can make plans for the future and hopefully we can figure our life out.
“I’ve struggled hard enough to get my PhD and I think now I can use my skills.
“I’ve enjoyed studying here and I hope to enjoy working here as well.”
A UK Border Agency spokeswoman said:
“A fresh application was made under the highly skilled category of the points based system.
“As new information was supplied, this was successful, as any applicant would be if they can show that they can meet the requirements.
“Our new points based immigration rules are tough, as we have a duty to ensure that migrants are able to support themselves and their dependants when they are in the UK.
“We make the criteria very clear. However, it is flexible enough to ensure that we can re-examine cases where new information is supplied.”
The case highlights the need for proper immigration advice. For instance, another option for a person who has legally remained in the UK for 10 years is the Long Stay Concession application for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
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