A Canadian teacher working in Applegrove Primary School, Scotland was deported to Canada in November 2017. She has applied for a leave to remain, but her solicitor applied for it a week after the deadline. Heather McIver’s application wasn’t accepted, and she had to leave. But after a long ten-month wait, she got her visa and was reunited with her family in Scotland. Heather married Gary McIver in July 2017. Gary is a Scottish man and has two children of his own. After getting married, she changed to the spousal visa application. When she deported on November 22nd, 2017, her husband stayed back for work and to look after his children. Heather had to put a lot of pressure on Douglas Ross, minister of parliament from Moray and Laurence Findlay, Moray Council director of Education and Social care to take up her case and speed the processing. Heather was successful in doing that. In an interview after visa approval, Heather said that everything has happened very quickly and I am very happy for that. She hasn’t been contacted by the Moray Council yet, but will soon be sending a message that she is ready to work from the first week of February. Her school she teaches in is facing problems of staff shortage. It has a shortage of four teachers and is using proxy teachers to fill the gap.

Getting back to work

Now that Heather is returning, everyone is delighted, especially Tim Eagle, Council chair of children and young person’s committee. He thanked the Home Office for approving her visa. He said it is good to have a hardworking and popular teacher back at work. Even Douglas Ross, who was the crusader for fast-tracking her application, welcomed her back in the country. Heather initially shifted to the UK through a government-sponsored program for teachers.

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