Nationality via British mother
Amend unfair law so that nationality via British mothers is the same as via British fathers.
How can the Borders, Immigration & Citizenship Act – with its obvious gender and age discrimination – be legal? It blatantly discriminates against children born abroad before 1961 to British mothers.
I was born in the USA to a British mother and should therfore be eligible for automatic British citizenship by descent. However, the Borders, Immigration & Citizenship Act does not allow British mothers to pass on their citizenship to their children regardless of where or when they were born.
As of 13 Jan, 2010, I finally have the right to claim my British citizenship (via my British mother) however I don't consider the path to British citizenship an entitlement since it is dependent on specific conditions.
Because I was born before 1961, I (and others in the same situation) am required to register and pay £540. However, if my father was British (or if I was younger), I could claim British Citizenship by descent without registration, without a fee and without the required citizenship ceremony.
Why does this idea matter?
I don't consider this path to British citizenship a fair entitlement since it is dependent on specific conditions – submitting an application and paying a fee and attending a ceremony – all of which a younger person with a British parent or born anytime to a British father, doesn't have to do!
Why isn't a legitimate claim to British citizenship by descent, automatic for all children of a British parent? Why aren't British mothers granted the same rights that are granted to British fathers?
It is time to put an end to this blatant and unjustified discrimination!
Abolish the registration fee, the good character requirement and the citizenship ceremony, so that nationality via British mothers is the same as via British fathers.