Dream re­sult for stu­dent to re­main in UK

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

THE ‘ge­nius’ Black Coun­try stu­dent who faced los­ing an Ox­ford Univer­sity place af­ter he was threat­ened with de­por­ta­tion has won his bat­tle to stay in the UK.

The Home Of­fice has an­nounced that Brian White, 21, has been granted “in­def­i­nite leave to re­main”.

Mr White, who lived in an or­phan­age in Zim­babwe un­til he was six, faced be­ing sent back to Africa de­spite be­ing adopted by his Bri­tish dad, Peter White, when he was 12.

The tal­ented 21-year-old, who lives with his adop­tive fam­ily in Penn, Wolver­hamp­ton, was told his per­mis­sion to stay in Bri­tain had ex­pired, spark­ing pub­lic out­rage.

A pe­ti­tion sup­port­ing him has been backed by more than 110,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing writ­ers Philip Pull­man and Caitlin Mo­ran.

Af­ter re­view­ing the case, Home Of­fice of­fi­cials have had the change of heart that means straight-A stu­dent Mr White can take up his place at Ox­ford.

“I am over the moon,” said Brian, who notched up four A* grades and an A at A-Level. “This is the re­sult I dreamed of.”

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