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Ours will not be the only practice to recognise the complaints of Paul Davis on the subject of the UK's visa rules (AJ 23.11.06).

Construction is booming because of overseas staff, yet visa rules are pulling in the opposite direction. Earlier this month, an Indian national working for us on a working holiday visa seemed to have her status upgraded to being granted a work permit.

However, on applying for further leave to remain, she was told the work permit was invalid because she was supposed to have gone home to India and applied for it from there. You are apparently expected to know this, either through some psychic process or after forking out for a solicitor's services.

After much time and money spent, the practice thus loses - albeit we hope temporarily - a key member of the design team, while she has to make a senseless ight home to beg the UK authorities to let her back in again. For two years she has been here legally, paying taxes and contributing to London's vitality - in this case helping refurbish hundreds of high-rise dwellings to decent homes standard, in furtherance of government policy.

This system benefits no-one and discredits the UK.

Tim Blackburn, Kemp Muir Wealleans

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