British Nationality: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will respond to the High Court decision of 19 December 2019 that found that her Department has charged unlawful fees for child citizenship applications.

Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people her Department has unlawfully charged child citizenship application fees.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Although the judge ruled there had not been proper consideration of the Government’s section 55 duties, the fees regulations were not in themselves quashed.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department has been granted permission to appeal against the High Court Ruling of 19 December 2019. While the case remains ongoing we continue to charge Child Registration fees as set out in the Fees Regulations.

The Home Office notes the Court’s judgment from the High Court and is considering its implications carefully, while awaiting the appeal hearing.

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