An asylum seeker who obtained prime grades in his A-levels has stated he can not take up his place at Queen’s College as a result of he’s not eligible for a scholar mortgage or grant.
Arezki Yachir lives in north Belfast and has gone to highschool in Northern Eire since 2014.
He obtained two A* grades and an A grade in his A-levels, taken at Blessed Trinity School, a couple of weeks in the past.
He was refused depart to stay within the UK when he turned 18.
Mr Yachir, whose household got here to Northern Eire from Algeria in 2014, has appealed to the Immigration Tribunal in opposition to that call.
That enchantment continues to be ongoing.
‘Liable to be detained’
His father claimed the household’s life was beneath risk there on account of opposition to his enterprise as a wine service provider.
As a consequence of his good A-level outcomes, Mr Yachir had been accepted by Queen’s College to review criminology and was on account of start his course on Monday 21 September.
However the Schooling Authority (EA) has advised him as he’s “liable to be detained” as “an individual with out depart”.
He isn’t eligible for a tuition price mortgage or upkeep mortgage.
“I’ve lived right here for fairly some time now and never having the ability to go to college, not having the ability to do something till I get residency or one thing like that, it’s totally unhappy and mentally it is robust as nicely,” Mr Yachir advised BBC Information NI.
‘The academics have been superb’
He stated that Blessed Trinity School, in north Belfast, had been an excellent college.
“I felt very welcome, the academics have been superb,” he stated.
“At first it was a wee bit arduous as I could not communicate any English so I needed to tempo myself and take it simple.
“After which I did my GCSEs and was capable of take my A-levels as nicely, and I simply bought my outcomes not too long ago.
“I bought two A*s and an A and I bought a number of affords for college.
“I selected Queen’s as a result of it is an excellent college – clearly the rating is fairly excessive within the UK so I assumed I would go there to review criminology as a result of I used to be all the time keen about it.”
Mr Yachir was accepted for a spot at Queen’s however can not take it up with out a tuition price mortgage and dwelling prices mortgage.
However he stated he didn’t blame the EA for the scenario he was in.
“The Schooling Authority, they cannot actually assist me financially to go to college as a result of as an asylum seeker, as an individual with no standing within the UK they cannot actually assist me – however I am not blaming them as a result of they’re simply doing their job.
“I simply suppose it is a bit unhappy that I can not go to college and carry on going with my schooling.”
Refugees and asylum seekers are eligible to use for tuition price and upkeep loans to go to college.
Nonetheless asylum seekers like Mr Yachir who’re refused depart to stay are usually not eligible, even when they’ve launched an enchantment in opposition to that call.
‘I really feel at dwelling’
“I want both a scholar visa or residency and my court docket was nonetheless pending due to Covid for residency so proper now I am left in no scenario,” Mr Yachir stated.
“I used to be supposed to start out college subsequent week and now, you realize, I can not go anymore so it is a waste of a yr – I am fairly unhappy about it.
“I used to be younger after I moved right here so I really feel at dwelling.”
He added: “I’ve bought numerous pals, all my pals are from right here they usually’re all good folks and I simply really feel superb right here.”
Mr Yachir’s solicitor, Brian Moss of Worthington’s Legislation in Belfast, is difficult the choice to not award him scholar funding.
“Arezki is an asylum seeker whose declare for asylum has been refused by the UK House Workplace, however who has appealed to the Immigration Tribunal in opposition to that call and this enchantment continues to be excellent,” he stated.
“That being so, Arezki is presently an individual who particularly can’t be faraway from the UK, and subsequently, not liable to removing.
“His enchantment may be profitable, by which case he would after all be allowed to stay within the UK.”
No date for Mr Yachir’s enchantment listening to has been set.
The EA stated it couldn’t focus on particular person circumstances but when circumstances modified then functions for funding could possibly be assessed for eligibility once more.
The EA additionally stated that Pupil Finance NI labored with college students and the House Workplace to acquire all of the related documentation to assist assess functions for eligibility for funding.