Head teacher faces deportation to USA

EDINBURGH: David MacIsaac, a head teacher in a primary school who is battling to avoid deportation has taken his case to Scotland’s education minister.
David MacIsaac, US national, who has been in charge at Ae Primary School for seven years, met Mike Russell to discuss his situation.
The Home Office has suggested that MacIsaac can be offered a 30-month visa extension on compassionate grounds because his Scottish wife, Susan, has cancer. This is in condition if  he withdraw his current appeal.
The teacher has lived in the UK for nine years on visas granted for his professional skills as a teacher – but its terms were restrictive. Having married nearly five years ago he sought permanent residency.
The Home Office has since accepted errors were made in the way that information was assessed but maintain the decision to refuse permanent residence was correct. It has offered MacIsaac a range of options to try to reach an agreement but the case appears most likely to go to appeal some time next year.
MacIsaac believed he had made a real difference at the 17-pupil school during his time as head teacher. “I would say that in some ways I have brought a different perspective to education and what it looks like on a day-to-day basis in the school,” he said.
“I am proud of them and I am proud of the job we have accomplished over the last seven years here at Ae.”
South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine, who introduced MacIsaac to Russell, said the head teacher was in a “highly stressful and unsettling situation”.

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