The student twins at the centre of a deportation row escaped being returned to their native country yesterday after a last ditch High Court appeal.
Kamila and Karina Kaya, aged 18, were suddenly re-arrested as they went to sign on at an immigration centre in Solihull on Wednesday. They were taken to Yarlswood detention centre in Bedfordshire and it emerged that he Home Office planned to put them on a flight leaving for their native Kyrgyzstan yesterday lunchtime.
But at 4.30pm their deportation was stayed after their solicitor obtained a hearing before a High Court judge on whether there were grounds for a judicial review.
A spokeswoman for the twins, who arrived in Birmingham three years ago, said they knew the appeal was their very last hope.
The Home Office has refused to let them return to Birmingham, said campaigners, because it wants to expedite the case and put them on a plane home if the hearing fails.
The appeal was launched after the twins decided not to take up a provisional offer to go to Israel.
"They know that if this fails, that will be it for them," said Sharon Grey, a social worker from the Birmingham Jewish Community Care charity.
The 18-year-olds had been living in a flat in Stirchley, studying at Bournville College of Further Education and financially supported by the Jewish community. They hoped to continue their studies and become doctors.
Ms Grey said they were both in very poor spirits.