Victory for Wolverhampton's Brian White
The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson,
says he is 'delighted' after hearing that Wolverhampton student
Brian White can remain in the UK indefinitely.
The PCC threw his weight behind Brian's campaign to stay after
learning that his future in this country was under threat. The Home
Office had said Brian might be deported; a move which would have
cost him his place at Oxford University.
Brian White, who is now 21, moved to the UK from Botswana aged
15 with his adoptive family. Mr White lived in a Zimbabwean
orphanage until the age of six. He was fostered and later adopted
by the White family, who eventually moved to the UK. In 2014, his
application to become a British citizen by naturalisation was
rejected. When he arrived he was granted limited leave to remain by
the Home Office, rather than indefinite leave. His family appealed,
but that was also rejected. Today (Monday 4th September)
he learnt that he had been granted 'Indefinite Leave to
The change in status means Brian can take up his place at Oxford
University, something the straight A pupil has been working towards
his entire life.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: "This
situation should never have arisen. Brian is a bright, talented
individual who calls the UK home. When I heard Brian's story
I felt compelled to act. It was always wrong for Brian to be torn
away from his family and to be unable to fulfil his full potential
at University. This is a victory for common sense. I wish Brian all
the best as he embarks on his study at Oxford."
Mr White said: "I am over the moon. This is the result I dreamed
of. I can't wait to start my undergraduate course in Chemistry. I'd
like to put on the record my thanks to the Police and Crime
Commissioner and everybody else who helped make this possible.
Words can't describe how happy I am."