An Indian who aided UK Home office in prosecuting brains behind an immigration fraud by witnessing on the provision he would get protection in the country now faces deportation to the same country with the person he helped prosecute.
Sameer Shaikh was a named witness during the trial involving a high-profile immigration fraud and was promised UK status but has now been refused the permission to remain in the UK by the Home office, a situation he tagged betrayal.
Shaikh entered the UK in 2008 on a student visa and worked with a center, owned by Fassiuddin Mohammad, accused of conducting illicit tests to help immigrants get visas. He later agreed to witness against his former on employer on the promise of protection in the country.
The promise of UK status
Being a former employee of the center, Shaikh was also convicted. He was then approached by immigration officials who advised him to plead guilty to be able to witness against his former boss. He was promised protection from any complications that could follow such act.
Shaikh, who was seeking asylum at the time, was truly granted a temporary leave to be in the UK during the trial which ended in May 2016. He after that received a text message from an immigration official who said he would help him make an application to stay, but things did not go as planned, and the official said all he could do is provide evidence of the role he played in the trial.
Few weeks to the expiration of his visa, Shaikh did all he could and submitted an application, alongside a confirmation letter that he played a vital role in the trial, to remain in the UK indefinitely. The letter also stated there could be repercussions from his home country if not protected in the UK.
Unfortunately, his application was refused in January 2018 and could be deported if he did not appeal the decision. He said he felt let down by a system he thought would protect him from the claws of his former boss who fled back to India before the trial.
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