LONDON- India born child chess prodigy Shreyas Royal and his family have been allowed to stay in the UK.
The nine year old has lived in Britain since he was three years old.
Jitendra Singh, Shreyas's father, had come to London on a work visa which was due to expire in September. London MPs and human rights activists wrote to Home Secretary Sajid Javid to allow his family to stay as Shreyas is a great chess prospect for England and they don’t want to lose him.
In an email to inform the family that they can stay in England under a new work visa, the Home secretary wrote, “After carefully reviewing the evidence, I have taken the personal decision to allow Shreyas and his family to stay in the UK.
"The UK is a country that fosters world class talent and Shreyas is one of the most gifted chess players in his generation.
"We have always been clear we want a world-class immigration system that welcomes highly-talented individuals from across the globe."
Shreyas has represented England internationally and is ranked second in the world for his age group.