Let Hem Stay; Don't let the Home Office deport this valued member of our Community

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This petition has been started to try and get the Home Office to look at Hemi’s case on an individual basis as he’s a hardworking, kind and honest person who has complied with everything they’ve put to him. Below is his story and the very long list of his achievements and contributions he’s made during his time here in the UK

Hemaka (Hemi) Pathiranage came to the UK from Sri Lanka in September 2011 to study a Sports Coaching Science degree at the University of Worcester. On Completion of his degree he then began his Masters in Sports Coaching which he was unable to finish with his commitments to his Student Union. Due to this his visa sponsorship from the University was stopped. Since then Hemi has applied for a working visa through all the right pathways only to receive a visa refusal letter in July 2017 stating that his claim was “clearly unfounded” despite him being a model citizen with a large community involvement and high profile within his community in his Student Union and Cricket Club. Following this he sent a human rights claim to the Home Office hoping to gain more time to find a right pathway to stay and for the last 11 months he’s lived on edge not knowing when he’ll receive the letter telling him if he can stay and work in the place he now calls home.  Finding a job with his qualifications wasn't difficult, but finding a one with visa sponsorship has proved a challenge. Due to his Visa status he has been holding down two part time jobs at a nightclub and a café to cover living costs and since receiving the 28-day notice on the 13th of June 2018 he has no rights at all to work in the UK - yet is expected to have the money for flights back to Sri Lanka!

Hemi plays a huge part in his local community and it would be a considerable loss to the community if he was to be deported on no other basis than the Home Office being difficult.

·       Coaches Junior, Senior, Women’s and Blind Cricket on a voluntary basis

·        He’s Team Captain for Old Elizabethans Cricket Club 1st’s

·        Held the following roles whilst at University - Student Ambassador, Event Ambassador, Receptionist, Breathe Easy/Smoke Free Adviser, Green Impact Project Supervisor, and University Facilities Assistant.

·        Elected as Vice President for Student Activities. He was re-elected to the role the following year and won the election by the highest margin and the highest percentage in Worcester Student Union’s history. His Achievements as Vice President included bringing the 'Take A Stand' campaign started by British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) to Worcester, which aims to eradicate any form of discrimination in Sport and worked with Worcester students to produce this video -

·        Produced a new student magazine to highlight student achievements within the community, which is now in its fourth edition. Link to the magazine -

·        Hemaka also takes photos around Worcester and shares them with the community through his social media, showcases the sights of Worcester and the Malverns in particular.

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