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'Brilliant student' facing deportation to stay in the UK

GRATEFUL: Brian White

BRIAN WHITE, a student who faced deportation and losing his place at Oxford University can stay in the UK indefinitely, the Home Office said.

White, 21, moved from Botswana aged 15 with his adoptive British family and lives in Wolverhampton.

In 2014, an application for him to become a British citizen at 18 was rejected and he feared losing his place at Oxford. However, a petition was started by White's friend Luke Wilcox, which gathered almost 112,00 signature.

Speaking with The Guardian, White said: “I’m not legally allowed to work, so I assume I would be deported to Africa...I don’t know what I would do. I don’t know anyone there. I’d have to start again. This is the most important thing to me right now. Everyone I know and love lives here.

“I worked really hard to get into Oxford. I spent loads of time revising, and I got the grades in the end. I was really ecstatic.

"When I realised I couldn’t actually go because I couldn’t afford it as I wasn’t a home student I was hugely disappointed.”

According to the BBC, following the announcement that he is allowed to permanently stay in the UK, White said he was "delighted" at the news. His next step was to obtain student finance.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We have been in contact with Mr White's legal representatives today (Sep 4) to confirm that his application for Indefinite Leave to Remain has been approved."

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