Big Brother Sree leaves UK after visa refused
FORMER Big Brother housemate Sree Dasari has left the country after being refused a visa extension.
The 25-year-old has stepped down from his post as students’ union president at the University of Hertfordshire and returned home to India.
Sree shot to Z-list fame last summer when he entered the Big Brother house a month before his presidency was due to start.
He had started studying a masters in international business at the Hatfield-based uni in 2005.
Problems over his visa status first came to light during the Channel 4 reality show last year, with the UK Border Agency launching a probe and Sree having talks with an immigration lawyer.
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This week, Michael Veal, general manager at the students’ union, confirmed Sree had gone home.
He said: “Citing personal reasons, Sree has stated the ongoing uncertainty over issues surrounding his visa status were not in the best interests of the students’ union and that he would no longer be serving students’ interests if he allowed the current uncertainty to continue.”
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Sree’s duties will now be split between four sabbatical officers, ahead of upcoming elections in March.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “Anyone who applies to extend their student visa before it runs out, and is refused, has the right of appeal to the independent courts.
“If that appeal is rejected the UK Border Agency would expect them to leave the country voluntarily.
“Where necessary, removal will be enforced.”