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30000 sign plea backing Indian workers

London: Over 30,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the UK government to stop "abusing" a national security clause to deny hundreds of highly-skilled Indian professionals the right to live and work in the country.

Britain's newly-appointed Pakistani-origin home secretary Sajid Javid told a parliamentary committee this week that he would "urgently" look into some of the cases of extreme hardship while an ongoing UK home office review into the cases is completed.

The applications involve doctors, lawyers, engineers and entrepreneurs from countries outside the EU on a Tier 1 (General) visa who are being denied residency rights over reportedly minor, legally acceptable corrections in their tax returns.

"It is an important issue because if people are being turned down for their Tier 1 applications for the wrong reasons or for information not being looked at properly, it needs to be looked at properly... If it is a case of a genuine error, then it should be taken into account," Javid told the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) on Tuesday.

The minister, who revealed that at least 300 such cases were currently undergoing a judicial review appeals process and being looked at by a UK judge, was warned by cross-party members of HASC that the home office may be on the path to another Windrush scandal over this issue.

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