Albanian nurses have been left “painful” eight years ago after being denied a work visa for illegal entry into the UK.
Drilon Deda wants to help the NHS and lead an honest life in the UK in the midst of a chronic shortage of nurses after being scammed as a nursing graduate in Albania.
A 32-year-old who left his home country because of this corruption and work redundancy received a job in Newcastle to become a Covid nurse, but after applying for a visa and making a mistake in the application, this Has been cancelled. “No” for some statements, including a question asking if he had previously lived illegally in the UK.
The Home Office said Mr Deda made a false statement about himself in the application, but he said it was a mistake due to the complex nature of the form.
Since then, he has tried to reapply and remedy this, but re-entry into the UK is said to be banned for 10 years.
Minnie Rahman, campaign director of the Joint Council for Immigration and Welfare, said: Me: “People who call Britain their hometown deserve the opportunity to settle, work and take root, but our current immigration rules become a minefield to get status and an unnecessarily small error. Punish people with.
“Legal advice on these applications is often essential, but out of reach. When people go off course with one small application error, many are unfairly denied status and a hostile environment. Will be the victim of. “
Voluntarily returning to Albania, Deda desperately wants to prove that it is an asset to the UK and medical services amid a shortage of registered nurses in the UK.
In December 2020, the Health Foundation reports that the government will need to exceed the goal of 50,000 new nurses in the UK by 2024-25 for the NHS to truly recover from the pandemic.
The UK, on the other hand, is below the average for high-income OECD countries in terms of the number of practice nurses and the number of new graduate nurses per year for its population, while 15% of UK registered nurses train abroad. I have received it. – More than double the OECD average.
Deda left home at the age of 23, hoping for a better life in 2013. He has just obtained a general nursing qualification from the University of Albania and someone who looks like a potential employer has demanded £ 5,000 to offer him a nursing profession. ..
Deda decided to leave the country on suspicion of fraud and first went to France, but then illegally entered Britain by heavy truck. He eventually went to Buckinghamshire, where he spent time with his friends. He has never had a criminal record, he said.
He said Me He survived by making money from random jobs such as car washing and construction.
He knew that if he had returned to Albania, he was unlikely to re-enter Albania, but in 2019, he saw the government calling on foreign nurses to register in the UK. saw.
“I had about 6 steps as a checklist to open the website and become a nurse-I’ve completed almost all of them,” he said.
All that remained was an English proficiency test and an IT qualification. He decided to apply.
Mr. Deda passed the exam and received a letter saying that he could register and apply for a nursing position. Immediately after being invited to an interview in Newcastle, he was overjoyed and took up the position of Covid’s nurse. All that remained was his visa application.
Promising a job at the NHS in the near future, he returned to Albania and met his family for the first time in almost eight years.
“Everything was ready for me to go and start as soon as possible,” he said.
However, two days after applying for a visa, he was refused. In his application, he falsely claimed that he had not entered the UK illegally – he claimed to have falsely declared.
“I’ve been in the UK for almost eight years. I know everything about the country, so I know I can do a good job for the healthcare system,” he said.
He applied again a few weeks later, was rejected a second time, and talked about a 10-year ban on entry into the UK. Since then he said he couldn’t sleep.
“My mental health has been affected, but I’m trying to stay strong.”
A home office spokesperson said:
“Mr. Deda is not eligible for a skilled worker visa because he had previously entered the UK and stayed illegally. In addition, he was found to have made false statements in his application.”
JCWI has requested the Home Office to make the visa application process more accessible.
“It’s time for the government to respond to the reality of people’s lives and create accessible and affordable routes for migrants to gain status,” Rahman said.