Coventry University

There is a petition to help an asylum seeker attend Coventry University

It’s been signed by over 160,000 people

A petition has been set up in the hope that the Home Office will grant a 21-year-old asylum seeker the right to live and study at Coventry University.

Amin Khoshkoo has spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Wolverhampton, but he has not able to accept his offer at Coventry University as easily as other students.

He had applied for his own asylum claim in June but is still far behind in terms of the application if he wants to attend Coventry University this year.

In 2010, Amin and his family first arrived in the UK. They had fled from Iran where it was unsafe for them to carry out their normal lives and came to the UK to seek asylum.

Coventry University insists that he has the right visa to be eligible to study a medical science degree, otherwise his offer will be retracted.

His mother had applied for their family the right to stay when they were young and they had all been accepted, except for Amin.

Amin was not accepted because his application had gone through after he had turned 18.

The claim that his mother made was only applicable when they were children thus denying him the right to a visa so he can study.

This goes against the asylum policy instruction because a child who came into the UK as an asylum seeker should have the right to stay regardless of the age that their application went through.

As a refugee Amin will not have the right to drive or work. This has already affected his life for the last few years.

He told Buzzfeed News in an interview that “I’ve grown up here, my family is here and I have nowhere to go in Iran.” He added: “Wolverhampton is my home. I know everyone and all the places.”

The 21-year-old has since appealed to supporters to put pressure on the Home Office to change his status before the start of term.

Amin is still waiting on a response and hopes his supporters will bring a sense of urgency to his situation.