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Oxford student forced to reject presidency role after visa rejection

20th March 2013

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An Oxford student has been forced to reject a job offer to become sports president at her university after her UK visa application was turned down.

Heather Mayer, a US national and classics undergraduate at St. Hilda’s College, was due to take over as president for the organisation before it emerged that she is unable to obtain a visa. After previously serving as outreach officer for the OUSF, Mayer will now return to the United States in six months time, leaving her unable to accept the role which starts this autumn and lasts for a year.

Her position will be given to Madeleine Sava, who came second in the presidential race.

After the news was originally reported by Cherwell, the university’s student newspaper, Mayer mentioned she was “extraordinarily frustrated by the new laws. It seems they were enacted as an easy way to score political points without considering whom they actually affect.”

Daniel Stevens, the National Union of Students' international officer, said: "Theresa May and David Cameron insist that they want the best and brightest students from around the world but Heather Mayer has been chosen by her peers as the best person to promote their sporting activities and will not be able to take that position simply because she doesn’t hold an EU passport.”

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