UKIP MEP James Carver is urging people to sign a petition calling on the government to change new rules that will see some non-EU workers deported if they earn less than £35,000.
The move will particularly hit graduate hospital workers outside London, like NHS-trained physiotherapist Anand Kumar, from Solihull, whol faces deportation back to India despite a national shortage, after eight years in Britain.
He has started an online petition calling for the threshold to be cut to at least the average UK salary for NHS workers of £28,000, which has attracted more than 12,000 signatures so far.
It has the backing of Halesowen UKIP councilllor Stuart Henley and now Mr Carver, who represents the West Midlands, has joined the clamour for change,
He said: "The petition is hoping to achieve 88,000 signatures in another three months and I would urge everyone who cares about fairness and critical sectors such as the NHS to support this. The alternative is that non-EU graduate NHS workers who don't earn such high wages will be forced to move to the private sector or to London, or face deportation."
To support the petition, go to: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/176987