Paragraph 322(5) has devastating conditions, as Sidharth Vijay found when he made a simple correction to his tax return

Sidharth Vijay couldn’t afford to celebrate the first birthday of his youngest daughter this year: he couldn’t buy the UK-born child even the smallest present. Earlier this week, when the sun was shining, he didn’t have enough money to buy either of his children an ice-cream.

Vijay (not his real name) is a specialist computer programmer; a profession on the government’s list of shortage occupations. Since his arrival in the UK in 2011, he has never earned less than £50,000 or worked fewer than two jobs: he has been employed full-time by companies including Toshiba while running his own IT consultancy company.

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