UK to de­port grad­u­ate after Car­il­lion job falls through due to col­lapse

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Bry­ony Jewell Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

AUNIVERSITY of Birm­ing­ham grad­u­ate has been given a month to leave the coun­try after the col­lapse of Car­il­lion which spon­sored his work visa.

Nige­rian-born Hamza Idris, 26, was left in limbo when the con­struc­tion com­pany col­lapsed ear­lier this year as the firm had em­ployed him on a grad­u­ate scheme.

He claims the Home Of­fice re­fused to let him trans­fer em­ploy­ment to a new com­pany cov­er­ing Car­il­lion‘s fa­cil­i­ties con­tracts, de­spite them agree­ing to take over the spon­sor­ship.

It means that he has to leave the coun­try by Satur­day, June 16 or try to make a com­pletely new ap­pli­ca­tion.

Mr Idris said: “It’s been lifechang­ing in the worst pos­si­ble way.

“It’s like I’m be­ing pun­ished, but I had no part to play in Car­il­lion’s demise.

“It’s shock­ing. All I want is my job and life here in the UK.”

Mr Idris moved to the UK from Nige­ria in 2011 when he was 16 years old.

He said: “I built a life here on my own. Got part-time jobs, a house, went to uni and got a grad scheme place.

“When I called my mum to tell her I’d got the Car­il­lion job I told her you don’t need to strug­gle any­more, you don’t need to worry about me. Now it’s painful to tell her the sit­u­a­tion.”

After Car­il­lion went into liq­ui­da­tion Hamza and his col­leagues were told to keep go­ing to work and that their con­tracts would be picked up by the new com­pany. Hamza – who had re­cently been pro­moted to as­sis­tant fa­cil­i­ties man­ager – said noth­ing had changed in his job but the com­pany logo.

He said: “The com­pany has been great and sup­ported me through the process. They’re even keep­ing my po­si­tion open

It’s been lifechang­ing in the worst pos­si­ble way Hamza Idris

un­til we re­sponse.”

He added: “I poured my heart and soul into study­ing. Then the UK govern­ment tells me it doesn’t mat­ter, they don’t care and I’ve got to go.”

A Home of­fice spokesman said: “Where a per­son’s spon­sor has ceased trad­ing it is nec­es­sary for them to make a fresh ap­pli­ca­tion for spon­sor­ship through an­other em­ployer.”

Mr Idris has con­tacted his lo­cal MP and set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for an im­mi­gra­tion lawyer. have a def­i­nite

> Nige­rian-born Hamza Idris is fac­ing de­por­ta­tion

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