Sam Budu denies being in the UK illegally
A man who was offered a top management job with Cambridgeshire Police says he had every right to apply for the post.
Ghanian Sam Budu, Ipswich and Suffolk Council racial equality director, was later rejected as diversity manager after security vetting.
Police, who have not named him, told the BBC the applicant for the £42,000 a year job was not legally in Britain.
Mr Budu, who arrived here 14 years ago, denied being in Britain illegally and said he had been treated unfairly.
Mr Budu has worked for Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality for eight years.
"As far as I am concerned, I am not illegally in this country," he said.
"I got a letter from the Home Office last month telling me I do not qualify for indefinite leave to remain but discretionary leave was granted and I am appealing against that.
"I have always made the Home Office aware of my presence and of what I am doing so this has come as a surprise."
A spokesman for the Council for Racial Equality said Mr Budu was now seeking advice.
He said Mr Budu was appointed after they obtained two references.
Cambridgeshire Police are now seeing an alternative candidate as head of diversity.
Legal Notice 30 July 2009: Mr Budu denies that he was an illegal immigrant. He was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK on 23 June 2004.