A 30-year-old Nigerian care worker Anugwom Izuchukwu Goodluck in the UK has been ordered to leave the country by the end of the month despite his contributions towards fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
NEWSCASTARS.COM learnt that Hhe had left Nigeria in 2018 to study a master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Sussex and after graduating last summer, began agency work in care homes around the Brighton and Hove area, having trained to become a career during his course.
His visa application was denied due to the height of the lockdown period and was no longer able to work and was issued a deportation notice back to Nigeria.
Speaking of his work, Anugwom told Metro UK: ‘I used to sing and dance for the residents, it was amazing to be with them, just pure happiness. Then it’s all gone in the blink of an eye and I didn’t even get to get to say goodbye.
‘They stopped me from working amid the rising cases as I couldn’t offer my services to the agency.
‘I was designated illegal for work, it’s very depressing.’
When asked about the case, the Home Office said that Anugwom must leave the country by the end of July.
A spokesperson said: ‘We are incredibly grateful for all the work that carers have done during coronavirus, which is why we have made them exempt from the immigration health surcharge.
‘Those who are in the UK must follow the immigration rules – and that includes not continuing to work in the UK after applications for visas have been refused.
‘We have granted individuals who cannot return home due to coronavirus leave to remain until July 31.’