After living in the UK for the past 16 years, a 35-year-old Nigerian man, Barido Nwinaene, will be deported.
Nwinaene who lost after losing several careers arrived in Liverpool on a student visa and studied for a degree in business and marketing at the University of Liverpool.
He earned his master’s degree in computers and information systems from John Moores University of Liverpool.
He lives in his friend’s apartment in Toxteth and has a ten-year-old daughter who now lives in the Midlands.
After an exhausting call to stay on Merseyside, the Home Office decided that he should return to Nigeria.
Mr Nwinaene claims that he is a fully integrated citizen in Liverpool, a place he considers home, and that he has many friends and an uncle here.
Since obtaining his qualifications, he has not worked because he could not obtain the relevant visa for an employer.
From letters from the Home Office it appears that, because Mr. Nwinaene spent nine years and eight months in the UK on ‘legal leave’ – during his studies and a lengthy appeal process, it was only a short period of ten years that was required to stay in this country.
Kim Johnson, MP from Riverside, who Mr. Nwinaene supported and ordered the Home Office to grant him permanent residency.
“As a member of our public who calls this country his home and has contributed so much to the community, both local and academic, I feel it will greatly benefit Mr Nwinaene to receive permanent status.”
At one point, about five years ago, Nwinaene spent six months in various detention centers in the UK, in Glasgow, London and Manchester, before being admitted to Merseyside.
In an interview with ECHO on Wednesday, December 30, Nwinaene said he would experience serious hardship if he was forced to return to Nigeria and be made homeless.
‘Liverpool is my home and has been for the past 16 years. It would be devastating to return to Nigeria, I could not get my hands on any family there for a long time. I’m really integrated into Liverpool and Toxteth and can offer a lot to the city and community. I fought a long battle with the Home Office. I want them to grant me permanent residency. ”
However, a Home Office spokesman said: ‘All applications are carefully considered on the basis of their evidence and in accordance with immigration rules. This case has been tested before the courts and our position has been confirmed. ”