A carpenter from Sheffield is facing deportation – despite almost £6,000 of government money being spent training him.
A petition has been set up for Muhammad Mobeen Ali, aged 22, from Tinsley, who works at QDS Carpentry in Maplebeck Drive.
Muhammad came to Sheffield from Pakistan in 2005 as a dependent on his dad Abdul Rauf’s work permit visa, and began working for Alastair Johnson in 2012.
But Mr Rauf’s visa expired in February, and the Home Office says he does not meet salary criteria for a new visa, meaning he and his two sons, including Muhammad, are all now facing deportation.
The family is launching a formal appeal – and Muhammad’s boss is calling on the Government to reconsider.
Alastair Johnson was given £5,760 from the Government-funded Construction Industry Training Board to pay for Muhammad’s NVQ training – taxpayers’ money he says will now be wasted.
He said: “This is not good for him, my business or the local economy. It is a waste of funding spent on his apprenticeship, sending him away when he is giving back in taxes and through the growth of a small business.
“If he is forced to leave, I will have to start from scratch training someone else – and Muhammad will be unlikely to find opportunities in Pakistan to fulfil his potential.”
Muhammad said: “I’ve lived here since I was 14, studied here and I don’t want to start all over again.”
A Home Office spokesman said: “All applications are considered on their individual merits in line with the Immigration Rules. Leave granted to dependants is only valid while the permit holder meets the their visa conditions.”
n To sign the petition, go to http://chn.ge/1oLxFuz