9-Year Old Chess Champion Is Asked To Leave UK As His Father’s Income Is Below Rs 1.6 Crore

A 9-year-old Chess Prodigy from Indian-origin in UK is going through the immigration difficulties. Shreyas Royal is a young boy and is already known as Britain’s 'greatest chess prospect in a generation'. However, he will have to leave the country because his father has a low income according to the rules.

Shreyas Royal has won a series of chess championships and is ranked number 4 in the world from his age group. He was born in India. When he was three year old, he along with his parents moved from Bangalore to UK.


His father Jitendra Singh is an IT Project Manager in Tata Consultancy Servcices. Recently, he was told that his work permit cannot be renewed since his income is less than £120,000 a year that is around Rs 1.6 crore.

Jitendra has appealed the UK Home Office to renew their permit on the grounds that his son Shreyas is a National Assset.

The appeal reads, "These Visas are designed to allow people employed by large companies to live and work in the UK for defined periods of time. The only way Shreyas' father would be eligible to renew his visa would be to earn more than £120,000 a year- which he does not. As a result, despite his employer wishing him to continue working on his current projects for them in the UK on bis current salary, there is no mechanism for him to apply to remain in the UK. Consequently, the family faces being forced to leave the only home Shreyas has ever known in less than two months' time."

It further pleads, "The UK should always encourage the world's brightest, most talented people to work and make their lives here. If Shreyas Royal is forced to leave the UK and return to India, the country will lose an exceptional talent. We therefore urge you to intervene as a matter of urgency to grant Shreyas Royal and his family the right to remain in the UK. "

Shreyas has represented England internationally in Chess Championships. Currently, he is competing in the British Chess Championships which might turn out to be his last UK tournament.

People are coming in Shreyas' support demanding for his stay.

However, many UK citizens are also opposing the same.

What is your take on this?

by Admin | Wed, Aug 08 - 12:17 PM

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