UK lifts visa ban on daughter of NHS Egyptian doctor
CAIRO – 22 March 2018: The United Kingdom's Home Office lifted the visa ban on the daughter of Egyptian Doctor Amany Abdel Miguid, The Guardian reported on Thursday.
After two full years of separation, Abdel Meguid received the email from the Home Office.
Abdel Meguid is one of the migrant doctors who have suffered unfair visa policies and was previously offered a job at the National Health Service and traveled to the UK in 2016 on a NHS-sponsored tier 2 visa.
The migrant anesthetist was later denied from bringing her 3-year-old daughter to the UK and the reason behind this, as cited by the NHS, was that her husband is not present with her.
Abdel Miguid’s husband is also an anesthetist and works in Saudi Arabia, as mentioned in The Guardian’s report. He is currently undergoing a training required by the NHS to be able to later work for it and join his family.
“I felt shocked when I got the email overturning the decision. I could not believe it. I think I am still in shock. I can’t believe that after all that time of waiting and hoping and fighting, she will actually be here with me,” Abdel Meguid said to The Guardian.
Abdel Meguid said she could now commit to the NHS. “I can progress in my career now and join the GP training program,” she said. Lily will start reception this September. Lily’s father, Dr Ahmed Ibrahim, will join his family in December after he finishes his training in Saudi Arabia.
The report further added that the policies of the tier 2 visas put restrictions on their migrant holders when it comes to bringing their dependants to live with them. “The number of children, partners and dependents granted the right to live in Britain has dropped by 73 percent in a decade,” The Guardian reported.
Last month, teenager Mariam Moustafa was beaten into a coma by 10 British girls of African descent. The tragedy has drawn sweeping condemnations and was dealt with as an alarming wake-up call for the British authorities to call out the rising trend of hatred against Arabs and Muslims.