Care home staff given 60 days to leave UK

Nine care staff at Docking House home in West Norfolk have been given 60 days to leave the country after Armscare Ltd’s licence to sponsor skilled migrant workers was revoked.

Armscare Ltd’s managing director Raj Sehgal said the measures had been taken following “administrative errors” discovered during a UK Border Agency (UKBA) inspection on September 15.

Mr Sehgal said: “Following our annual UKBA inspection, in which we were open and honest, our licence to sponsor skilled migrant workers was revoked and despite efforts to remedy any administrative errors, our skilled migrant workforce and their dependents were this week given 60 days to leave the United Kingdom.”

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The nine workers from the Philippines, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, account for almost half the home’s 20 staff which provides care for 40 elderly residents.

Mr Sehgal accused the UKBA inspectors of being “hostile” with an unnecessary focus on administrative errors which had been neither “malicious” nor “ill intended”.

He added: “I firmly believe that this change in inspection methodology is a deliberate and fast attempt by this government to revoke as many sponsor licences as possible in a nationwide attempt to reduce net migration to the United Kingdom. This action is being taken without giving any consideration to the serious consequences of rural homes such as ours in losing its skilled migrant workforce, which sets us aside from other services.

“Without our loyal, dedicated and hardworking skilled migrant staff, we simply cannot guarantee the continued safety and wellbeing of our residents and the authorities need to recognise that we are not in a city but operate in one of the most rural parts of the country.”

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