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Immigration policy must stop putting UK research at risk

The public supports more foreign scientists coming to the UK. So there’s no excuse for not fixing a broken system, says Martin Turner.

In 2008, Chris Hays, an American working as a lecturer and researcher in particle physics at the University of Oxford, spent seven months at the Fermilab accelerator near Chicago.

Such visits are a routine part of an academic career. But in 2012, a retrospectively applied rule-change by the UK Home Office meant that this visit made Hays ineligible to settle in the UK. He had not spent enough time in the UK and he and his family would have to leave.

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