Shreyas Royal: Child chess prodigy's family can stay in UK

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Jitendra Singh

Nine-year-old chess expert Shreyas Royal and his family have been authorised to stay in a UK.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid pronounced he took a “personal decision” as Shreyas is “one of a many means chess players in his generation”.

Shreyas Royal has lived in Britain given he was 3 years old.

His family was told they would have to lapse to India when his father’s work visa lapsed in September, though they can now stay underneath a new work visa.

‘Jumping on sofa’

Jitendra Singh, Shreyas’s father, perceived an email from a Home Office on Friday informing him of their decision.

He told a BBC a family was “very happy and relieved” and that Shreyas “started jumping on a sofa” on conference a news.

Mr Singh’s five-year work visa was due to end subsequent month and he had been told it could not be extended unless he warranted £120,000 a year.

The home secretary said: “After delicately reviewing a evidence, we have taken a personal preference to concede Shreyas and his family to stay in a UK.

“The UK is a nation that fosters universe category talent and Shreyas is one of a many means chess players in his generation.

“We have always been transparent we wish a world-class immigration complement that welcomes highly-talented people from opposite a globe.”

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Jitendra Singh

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Shreyas Royal has competed in European and universe championship tournaments

Shreyas was innate in India though a family changed to south London when his father was offering a pursuit as an IT plan manager in a UK.

Mr Singh will be means to request for a Tier 2 work visa, that is current for adult to 5 years, but wanting to leave a UK. It will be sponsored by his employers, Tata Consultancy Services, and will concede Shreyas and his mom to stay in a UK as dependents.

Mr Singh pronounced he wanted to eventually request for permanent residency.

‘Best and brightest’

Shreyas learnt to play chess in Britain and has given represented England internationally. He is ranked series 4 in a universe for his age group.

Leon Watson, secretary of Battersea Chess Club, where Shreyas is a member, pronounced a news was an “enormous relief”.

“Shreyas is a really nice, practical immature male who has a large destiny forward of him on a universe theatre hopefully representing England,” he said.

“In 10 years’ time we wish he’ll be a domicile name as England’s initial universe champion.”

Labour MPs Rachel Reeves, a former youth chess champion, and Matthew Pennycook, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, wrote to a home secretary final week propelling him to examination a case.

Ms Reeves pronounced she was “delighted” for Shreyas and his family.

“This is also good news for a country, that would’ve mislaid one of the best and brightest had Shreyas been deported,” she added.

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