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Home Office drops deportation case against GP trainee

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1693 (Published 17 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1693
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The Home Office has dropped its legal case to deport a GP trainee who trained in the UK and will now reconsider his application to remain.

Luke Ong, who is from Singapore, launched a petition on change.org after the Home Office said that it would take legal action to deport him.1

Ong said that in September 2017 he was five months away from completing his GP training when his application for indefinite leave to remain was refused by the Home Office because he had applied 18 days late.

He successfully appealed the decision, but the Home Office then decided to launch a counter-appeal.

A Home Office spokeswoman said that it had now “applied to withdraw from the ongoing appeal proceedings and will reconsider [Ong’s] application for indefinite leave to remain.”

Chaand Nagpaul, chair of BMA council, said that the association was pleased with the government’s decision. “The strong reaction to Dr Ong’s case from both healthcare professionals and members of the public highlighted the absurdity of a system that would seek to remove a valued doctor from the country over an administrative error,” he said.

The Home Office spokeswoman said that all applications were considered on their individual merits, including any exceptional or compassionate circumstances, and in line with immigration rules. “UK Visas & Immigration are in direct contact with Dr Ong in relation to his case,” she said.

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