British Nationality: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Lister of Burtersett Baroness Lister of Burtersett Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children have had their applications for British citizenship denied because they failed the good character test in each of the last five years for which information is available.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The available published information on the total number of decisions to refuse applications for British citizenship where the applicant is found to be not of good character for applicants of all ages are published in Home Office’s Immigration Statistics, year ending June 2018, Citizenship tables cz_09 (Refusals of citizenship by reason) available from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-june-2018/list-of-tables#citizenship

The table below provides figures for the last 5 calendar years.

Refusals of British citizenship by reason

Reason for refusal

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Incomplete applications

687

728

254

128

52

Parent not a British citizen

553

510

749

931

300

Not of good character

2,295

1,095

4,524

5,525

3,119

Delay in replying to enquiries from UKVI

423

1,234

1,254

1,698

1,319

Residence

2,264

1,224

2,825

2,632

1,659

Oath not taken in time

0

6

14

9

1

Insufficient Knowledge of English and KOL

62

489

531

673

720

Other

536

423

495

996

544

Total refusals

6,820

5,709

10,646

12,592

7,714

British already

375

383

312

496

598

Withdrawn

74

82

125

220

120

Total refused or withdrawn

7,269

6,174

11,083

13,308

8,432

Rejected applications

97

81

525

1,852

838

Source: Home Office, Migration Border Analysis.

Immigration Statistics year to June 2018 - subset of table cz_09.

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