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Four 'A*'s, a place at Oxford and a looming deportation

SUPPORT: Brian White, left, with West Midlands MP Eleanor Smith, who supported his campaign to raise fees for Oxford University tuition (image credit: PA/Luke Wilcox)

BRIAN WHITE, from Wolverhampton, has spoken with 'The Guardian' newspaper about his struggle to secure indefinite leave to remain in Britain so he can take-up his place at Oxford University and carry on living in the same country as his British adopted family, who met him in an orphanage in Zimbabwe as a child.

The 21 year-old was adopted by the White family and has since had to mount a campaign to reverse the Home Office's decision. #GetBrianToOxford has been supported by various celebrities including Frankie Boyle and the West Midlands' first African Caribbean MP Eleanor Smith.

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.”

#GetBrianToOxford sparked a petition, which has over 80,000 signatures and reads:

“[Brian] should have been granted indefinite leave to remain by the Home Office, but instead was given limited leave to remain. Brian’s current difficulties stem from the handling of this decision. This only came to light as an issue when Brian’s application to become a British citizen by naturalisation was rejected, leaving any potential university applications in doubt.”

A Home Office spokesperson told The Guardian:

“We understand the urgency of Mr White’s case and have contacted him to reassure him that we are looking to resolve his application as soon as possible.”

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