In his first week on the job, David Dobrak, who has been a U.S. citizen for two decades, was forced to re-apply for the work visa.
Dobrak said he was not told of the visa denial until he was interviewed by immigration agents at the U.N. in September.
Dobrik is one of more than 300 foreign workers whose visas have been denied at the United Nations over the past few years, according to a POLITICO analysis of a database maintained by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
“I am not the first person to have my visa denied.
I am not going to take the chance that they are going to do this to me,” Dobrak told POLITICO.
“I was very, very lucky to get the job I got.”
Dov Charney, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who has closely followed U.K. immigration law, said the lack of notification is not unprecedented.
Charney said he believes Dobrak is “very well aware of what is happening.”
The situation, Charney told POLITICO, “shows that the UK’s government does not want foreign workers in the UK.”
The UK’s Department for Exiting the European Union (DEXEU) declined to comment on the situation.
The UK’s Foreign Office said it does not comment on specific cases.
Dobrak, a Canadian who has worked in New York City since 2002, said he has been trying to get a green card for nearly 20 years and has applied for several visas.
The government denied his visa because of his dual citizenship.
But he is still hoping to be able to obtain a work visa under the Trump administration’s travel ban, which he said he will try to appeal if the British government does grant him one.
“I think they have an obligation to tell me, but I’m not sure if they have the information that they need,” Dobraksaid.
He said he learned of the issue from an email from the U:Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
I asked why it took so long for them to say anything to me.
They just told me to wait and hope.
He said he received a reply to his email from his visa sponsor, but that it did not mention the issue of his visa being denied.
The visa sponsor told Dobrak that they would take him through the process, but said Dobrak had to prove that he had “sufficient documentation” before his case could be considered.
He told Dobrak that he did not have enough paperwork, but Dobraki told POLITICO he did have some documentation, including a passport.
Dov said that he was disappointed that Dobrik did not receive a notification about his visa denial, especially since Dobrak has a strong track record of seeking work visas.
When Dobrak learned of his case, he called his U.B.C. employer, a company called The Great Escape, and told the company about the situation, he said.
They have been incredibly helpful.
We will do whatever we can to help them,” Dobrik said.
Dobrik said he would try to rework his visa application, but did not know how long that might take.
Doubrik said that the U of U has been slow to respond to the issue and has not yet given him any information about how the visa process is being handled.
While Dobrik and the U-B.V. did not provide details about how their visas are being handled, the U is expected to announce next week that it will begin a review of all visa applications in light of the Dobrik case.
David Dobrik, who worked in the U’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and was hired as a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health in 2001, said his employer told him his visa was denied because he was a dual citizen. (Reuters)