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