A BRITISH civil engineering firm was this week battling to keep a Kosovan engineer in the UK - because it needs his skills and knowledge for a job it has in Albania.
Nasa Buzhala has a civil engineering degree and speaks fluent Albanian and Serbian, making him 'ideal' for a residential high rise project in Tirana, according to the firm Taylor Whalley & Spira.
It had been impossible for the firm to find such a combination of qualifications until they took him on.
But 29 year old Buzhala has been told by the Home Office that he is not entitled to stay in the country. He could be deported at any time, even though he has a job, a house and an official work permit.
He is able to remain temporarily because his wife is due to give birth. Like him she is from Kosovo and fled the country in September 1998 at the start of the war.
Buzhala arrived in Britain without official permission and sought asylum status immediately. He and the firm have continued to ask for permission to him to stay.
In the meantime he learned English at South Thames college and then found a way to resume civil engineering studies.
His wife's family, also in the UK, helped fund him and he then found a place with Taylor Whalley in February 2002.
Taylor Whalley chief executive Jacek Gabrielczyk said: 'I am quite upset this can happen' 'He contributes positively to the company and the British economy. But there seems to be nothing we can do.'