After an online petition, the Home Office has reversed its decision to refuse a visa for Dr Mu-Chun Chiang, a decision which made headline news earlier this week.
Born in Taiwan, Dr Chiang is a UK graduate and has been in the country for the last 13 years. In August she was told that her application for a Tier 2 visa to remain in the UK had been rejected because she had not provided evidence of having sufficient funds in her bank account. The Home Office said she had failed to demonstrate that she had a bank balance above £945 for a continuous period of 90 days. Even though she subsequently provided the necessary bank statements, she was told the new information could not be taken into account. She believed she had seven to 10 days to leave the country or face being “detained and removed”.
An online petition established to draw attention to Dr Chiang’s case was signed by nearly 40,000 individuals.
Dr Chiang has now been granted leave to stay in the country and continue with her specialist training in general practice.
Responding to the news, BMA council chair Chaand Nagpaul said: “We are pleased the Government has finally seen sense and decided against deporting Dr Chiang.”
“The strong public reaction goes some way to showing the absurdity of the Home Office’s decision to initially deny a visa,” Dr Nagpaul added.