A Mauritian student facing deportation has appealed directly to immigration minister James Brokenshire to let her stay in the UK to complete her A-levels.
Speaking to ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning on the phone from inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Yashika Bageerathi said she just wanted to return to school and finish her studies, adding: "I have worked so hard."
She is due to be deported, despite protests from her school and an online petition that has now gathered more than 170,000 signatures.
Mr Brokenshire told MPs on the home affairs select committee this afternoon that he would listen to Yashika's plea.
Speaking to ITV News Yashika Bageerathi said she was all alone and did not know what she was going to do without her family and friends.
Speaking to her mother as she boarded she said she was scared about landing in the country she fled in 2011.
Speaking to ITV News Yashika Bageerathi appealed directly to the Immigration Minister and the Home Secretary to remain in the UK.