A young doctor working in Liverpool has been ordered to leave the UK under immigration rules that campaigners say defy "basic common sense".
Mu-Chun Chiang, 27, faces deportation despite having lived in the country for more than half of her life, the Liverpool Echo reported .
The medic is currently working at Aintree University Hospital – but could face six months in prison if she does not leave the country.
Her application for a new visa was rejected over "a nonsensical administrative issue" and has been ordered to go by the Home Office.
Dr Chiang said: "When I got the letter I was shocked, all these things were going on in my head.
"I was worried because we were already understaffed on our ward and leaving all my friends would be really heartbreaking."
Originally from Taiwan, Dr Chiang lived in Glasgow from 1997 to 2002 with her parents before returning to the UK in 2006 to study.
After Dr Chiang's student visa expired in June, her application for a new working visa was rejected in August due to a Home Office rule which states an applicant's bank balance cannot drop below £945 in the 90 days beforehand.
Dr Chiang said she had more than that amount saved and the bank account she used for the application had the correct money by the end of each month, but had dropped below for a few days in one of them.
She appealed against the failure by sending details of a separate savings account to show she always had the money required, but this was declined as it was not provided with the initial application.
Dr Chiang then received a letter on Friday from the Home Office telling her the application was unsuccessful, and that she "must leave the UK now" or she would "be liable to be detained and removed".
The letter said she could be prosecuted, adding that she cannot work or access benefits while in the UK, and despite being on call she has been unable to work at Aintree since.
Satbir Singh, chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), said: "At a time when our NHS is under immense strain and crying out for more doctors, kicking out a young doctor trained to work in the NHS just defies basic common sense.
"Our immigration system is dysfunctional, complicated and inhumane.
"That someone can be threatened with detention and removal because of a small technical mistake in a visa application highlights the urgent need for the system to be rebuilt from ground up so that people who move here are treated fairly and with humanity."
After receiving the letter, Dr Chiang's friend Mina Mesri set up a petition calling for her to be allowed to stay in the UK, which has received over 25,000 signatures in a matter of days.
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