A student who faced losing his place at Oxford University because of uncertainty over his immigration status is celebrating after winning his battle to remain in Britain indefinitely.
Nearly 112,000 people signed a petition to keep Brian White, pictured, in the country he has lived in for the last six years amid fears he faced deportation to Zimbabwe.
Abandoned as a baby, Brian, now 21, lived in an orphanage in Zimbabwe until he was six.
He was fostered and later adopted by a British man, Peter White, and his family, who moved to Botswana and returned to the UK to settle in the West Midlands.
Brian, who grew up in Wolverhampton, had his application to become a British citizen by naturalisation rejected in 2014 and was only granted limited leave to remain.
This meant he was unable to take up his place to study chemistry at Oxford last year as he was deemed ineligible for student finance.
However, a petition set up by his friend Luke Wilcox helped make Brian’s stay in Britain permanent.
The petition has gained 111,988 signatures, including the author Philip Pullman, comedian Frankie Boyle and Eleanor Smith, the MP for Wolverhampton South West.
On Monday Luke said Brian’s lawyer had informed him of the Home Office’s decision.
He said: “We have just received news that Brian’s application has been approved!!
“Thank you so much for all of the support. Every single one of you has helped to change Brian’s life forever!”
The Home Office confirmed the approval of his indefinite leave to remain.
Brian will now study chemistry at Lady Margaret Hall this year. The college’s principal, Alan Rusbridger, described it as “great news”.