Wednesday, 13 July 2016 06:55

HOME OFFICE must honour post-study work visa for Brain family

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The SNP has said the Home Office “must honour the post-study work visa for the Brain family” as the UK Government’s “impossible” August 1st deadline looms over the Brain family.

Kathryn and Gregg Brain will give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee today (Tuesday) and their local MP, Ian Blackford, has called on Home Office Minister James Brokenshire, who is also giving evidence, to honour the promises made to the Brain family when they made their decision to relocate from Brisbane in Australia.

Kathryn and Gregg Brain, along with their young son Lachlan, decided to move to Scotland in 2010 under a Scottish Government initiative – which was backed by the Home Office – aimed at attracting people to live and work in the Highlands.

The family moved to Scotland under a Tier 4 student visa as Kathryn studied Scottish history at the University of the Highlands and Islands but the post-study work visa – which allowed those at UK universities or colleges to work for at least two years after graduating – was retrospectively cancelled after the family had moved to Scotland, and now the family face deportation at the beginning of August.

Ian Blackford MP, who represents the Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency, said:

“With just under three weeks to go until the UK Government’s impossible deadline of August 1st it is vital that we finally see action from the Home Office. The Brain Family have only ever expected the UK Government to honour the promises made to them when they were first granted visas to live and work in Scotland in 2010 – they are not asking for special treatment.

“But instead of honouring the post-study work visa – which was retrospectively cancelled after the Brain family had already moved to Scotland – the Tories have pulled the rug from under Kathryn, Gregg and Lachlan after the family made the Highlands their home.

“The post-study work visa would allow Kathryn and Gregg to continue living and working in Scotland while they fulfil the Home Office requirements for a Tier Two visa – the Home Office must honour the post-study work visa for the Brian family, grant them the right to work and allow them a fair chance to apply for a Tier Two visa.”