Friends of 21-year-old ‘genius’ Brian White campaigned for the Home Office to change his immigration status and legally let him stay in this country.
He moved to the UK aged 15 with his adoptive family after his British father decided to return home from Botswana.
Mr White, from Wolverhampton, has already had his fair share of adversity having grown up in a Zimbabwean orphanage until he was six.
In 2014, the straight-A student applied to become a British citizen by naturalisation, but it was rejected.
After an eventful campaign, his supporters eventually won their battle – and he will now take up his place studying chemistry at Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall.
The news was announced by a friend of Mr White who organised a petition calling on the government to grant him indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
His friend Luke Wilcox got more than 110,000 well-wishers signing the petition, urging the Home Office to help ‘a fantastic person who is just as much a part of British culture and society as you and I’.
In a statement Mr Wilcox said: ‘At the moment we would like to enjoy some personal time.
‘But we would like to thank all those that supported the campaign and signed the petition, and we are grateful to them for helping change Brian’s life.’
West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jamieson last week called on the Home Office to ‘act quickly’ and ‘see sense’ in its consideration of the case.
Calling for the case to be fast-tracked, Mr Jamieson said: ‘Brian is an exceptionally bright and talented young man and he must be allowed to fulfil his full potential.’
Source: Metro UK
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