migrants voluntary work required to become a uk citizen

increase the number of hours of voluntary work that migrants are required to do to become a uk citiizen and exclued political organisations from places where voluntary work can be done by them

Why is this idea important?

increase the number of hours of voluntary work that migrants are required to do to become a uk citiizen and exclued political organisations from places where voluntary work can be done by them

Probationary citizen status

Asylum seekers etc… should be required to sign up to a new class of citizenship, namely a probationer.The granting of full UK citizenship is discretionary after a minimum period of 5 years and would require the assent of the police (with no right of appeal) . As a Probationer, they will understand that shoudl they be convicted of any serious crime that their rights to UK citizenship would be forever revoked and that they (and their family unit) would be immediately deported, never to be allowed back into the UK. We should take both their fingerprints and DNA and store indefinitely.

Why is this idea important?

Asylum seekers etc… should be required to sign up to a new class of citizenship, namely a probationer.The granting of full UK citizenship is discretionary after a minimum period of 5 years and would require the assent of the police (with no right of appeal) . As a Probationer, they will understand that shoudl they be convicted of any serious crime that their rights to UK citizenship would be forever revoked and that they (and their family unit) would be immediately deported, never to be allowed back into the UK. We should take both their fingerprints and DNA and store indefinitely.

Stopping the disenfranchisement of expatriate British citizens.

The Representation of the People Act 1985 (as amended by the Representation of the People Act 2000, and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000) should be further amended to remove Sections 1(3)(c) and 3(4)(c).

This change would remove the time limit on enfrachisement of British citizens living overseas and would thereby bring UK electoral legislation in line with the commitments made by the UK in signing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Why is this idea important?

The Representation of the People Act 1985 (as amended by the Representation of the People Act 2000, and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000) should be further amended to remove Sections 1(3)(c) and 3(4)(c).

This change would remove the time limit on enfrachisement of British citizens living overseas and would thereby bring UK electoral legislation in line with the commitments made by the UK in signing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Passport entitlement

People who choose to live outside of the UK in order to avoid paying tax (income, inheritance capitol gains etc) should lose the right to a British passport and also their right to vote in elections.

Entitlement to a British passport should require a person to pay their full dues to the state. Anyone who chooses to avoid any of the taxes that may be levied has by default shown that they have no social responsibility to this country and therefore the state should require those persons to relinquish their passport. In the same manner, if such persons wish to avoid paying tax then they lose the right to vote.

Companies who promote tax avoidance should be fined double the amount that they have saved each and every tax avoider.

Why is this idea important?

People who choose to live outside of the UK in order to avoid paying tax (income, inheritance capitol gains etc) should lose the right to a British passport and also their right to vote in elections.

Entitlement to a British passport should require a person to pay their full dues to the state. Anyone who chooses to avoid any of the taxes that may be levied has by default shown that they have no social responsibility to this country and therefore the state should require those persons to relinquish their passport. In the same manner, if such persons wish to avoid paying tax then they lose the right to vote.

Companies who promote tax avoidance should be fined double the amount that they have saved each and every tax avoider.

Lower fees for British citizenship applications for those born in the UK

Lower the fees people have to pay to become a British Citizen if they are born in the UK and have lived there for most of there lives. At the moment, those who are born in the UK and live there for the first 10 years of their lives have to pay £550, which is extortionate and unfair as the only difference between them and the person next door is the nationality of their parents. People who are born in the UK should not be counted as immigrants as they did not immigrate to the UK and therefore it should be a lot easier and a lot cheaper for them to apply for british citizenship.

Why is this idea important?

Lower the fees people have to pay to become a British Citizen if they are born in the UK and have lived there for most of there lives. At the moment, those who are born in the UK and live there for the first 10 years of their lives have to pay £550, which is extortionate and unfair as the only difference between them and the person next door is the nationality of their parents. People who are born in the UK should not be counted as immigrants as they did not immigrate to the UK and therefore it should be a lot easier and a lot cheaper for them to apply for british citizenship.

Abolish the Right of Foreigners to Interfere in Our Democratic Processes

British media is currently used by foriegners to interfere with our democratic processes.

Only Brits who have shown their national loyalty, by paying UK tax on their total global income for the last ten years, should be able to access such powerful opinion forming media.

Specifically this should apply to newspaper owners, editors & leader writers.

Similar levels in TV  should also be so restricted.

The same restrictions are needed for those aspiring to be MPs of Members of the Lords.

Ten years of proven tax paying should also apply to those wishing to make political donations.

Such donations need to be capped at the level of ten times the minimumn wage.

Why is this idea important?

British media is currently used by foriegners to interfere with our democratic processes.

Only Brits who have shown their national loyalty, by paying UK tax on their total global income for the last ten years, should be able to access such powerful opinion forming media.

Specifically this should apply to newspaper owners, editors & leader writers.

Similar levels in TV  should also be so restricted.

The same restrictions are needed for those aspiring to be MPs of Members of the Lords.

Ten years of proven tax paying should also apply to those wishing to make political donations.

Such donations need to be capped at the level of ten times the minimumn wage.

British migrants are not getting reciprocal rights

I am a British national who has lived in India for a total of 50 years. I tried several times to get naturalization as an Indian citizen but I was refused every time, with no reason given. They simply refused to consider my appliction or give any explanation for their refusal. Contrast that with the large number of Indian immigrants who got naturalization in U.K. within a few years. Why is it that the British Government either cannot or does not insist on reciprocal rights for British national from the countries where they wish to migrate?  Why are the British so generous with foreigners coming into U.K., but give no care or thought to the plight of people like me who want to go the other way? Do they not realise that one day their own children may want to emigrate and not be able to fulfill their desire? Signed, John Robert Thwaytes

Why is this idea important?

I am a British national who has lived in India for a total of 50 years. I tried several times to get naturalization as an Indian citizen but I was refused every time, with no reason given. They simply refused to consider my appliction or give any explanation for their refusal. Contrast that with the large number of Indian immigrants who got naturalization in U.K. within a few years. Why is it that the British Government either cannot or does not insist on reciprocal rights for British national from the countries where they wish to migrate?  Why are the British so generous with foreigners coming into U.K., but give no care or thought to the plight of people like me who want to go the other way? Do they not realise that one day their own children may want to emigrate and not be able to fulfill their desire? Signed, John Robert Thwaytes

NATIONALITY: CHILDREN OF BRITISH MOTHERS

The ongoing discrimination against the right of British women to pass on their nationality to children born abroad before 1983 should be scrapped. While this was partially rectified in 2010, this "category" of citizen has to pay a registration fee, and is subject to screening by the Home Office before thay can claim their birthright.  Children born to British fathers are automatically British and merely have to apply for a passport.  This renders British mothers and their children born before 1983  second class citizens.

Why is this idea important?

The ongoing discrimination against the right of British women to pass on their nationality to children born abroad before 1983 should be scrapped. While this was partially rectified in 2010, this "category" of citizen has to pay a registration fee, and is subject to screening by the Home Office before thay can claim their birthright.  Children born to British fathers are automatically British and merely have to apply for a passport.  This renders British mothers and their children born before 1983  second class citizens.

Scrap the £720 to become a British citizen

If a person has come to the UK for a new life, who is married always paid taxes and been living in the UK for over 10 years I feel should not have to pay £720 for citizenship this is a lot of money to find and unfair.

Why is this idea important?

If a person has come to the UK for a new life, who is married always paid taxes and been living in the UK for over 10 years I feel should not have to pay £720 for citizenship this is a lot of money to find and unfair.

citizenship for ex servicemen and dependants

The French actually give you citizenship if you serve 5 years in the French Foreign legion.

They say you are French,not by birth,but by the blood you shed for the country.

Here we have Ghurkas refused entry, ex service folks and dependants tossed out after service if they are not british.

At present about half a battalion in the Scottish regiment is foreign born.

We should allow ALL ex servicemen and woman british citizenship after 3 years service.

Also any ex service man or woman should have citizenship for their spouse and childeren even if that spouse is foreign born- automatically.

Many ex servicemen are married to women that they cannot get ciitizenship for, as they are not in the UK for the required number of years.Globalisation,means many are working overseas as they have talents that are undervalued here in the UK at present

they should the right to the family life ,that so many immigrants use as the means to get their families in to this country under EU human rights legislation.

why should we not give benefits to our heros that we give to our prisoners and asylum seekers

Why is this idea important?

The French actually give you citizenship if you serve 5 years in the French Foreign legion.

They say you are French,not by birth,but by the blood you shed for the country.

Here we have Ghurkas refused entry, ex service folks and dependants tossed out after service if they are not british.

At present about half a battalion in the Scottish regiment is foreign born.

We should allow ALL ex servicemen and woman british citizenship after 3 years service.

Also any ex service man or woman should have citizenship for their spouse and childeren even if that spouse is foreign born- automatically.

Many ex servicemen are married to women that they cannot get ciitizenship for, as they are not in the UK for the required number of years.Globalisation,means many are working overseas as they have talents that are undervalued here in the UK at present

they should the right to the family life ,that so many immigrants use as the means to get their families in to this country under EU human rights legislation.

why should we not give benefits to our heros that we give to our prisoners and asylum seekers

Children born in the in the country must be protect.

The law that says children born in the UK cannot become citizens unless either parents or one of them is a British or EU citizen, I believe should be removed.

Why is this idea important?

The law that says children born in the UK cannot become citizens unless either parents or one of them is a British or EU citizen, I believe should be removed.

Treat Children of British Female Citizens Born Abroad same as Children of British Fathers

There is no equality for the treatment of children of British Born Mothers who happen to be born abroad as being automatically British. Only the chidren of British Fathers born abroad are British Nationals while children of British mothers have to pay a registration fee of £570 each and undego checks before they can be "British citizens" Such children also become British by descent which means they cannot pass their citizenship on to their children if they in turn happen to be born aboard. This is one rule for one category of people and another for another category.

Change the law so that where it says father it should say parent across all legislation to give equality to all and fairness and remove the need for fees and registration as well as "good character" requirements as a means of blocking people based on their mixed ethnicity.

Why is this idea important?

There is no equality for the treatment of children of British Born Mothers who happen to be born abroad as being automatically British. Only the chidren of British Fathers born abroad are British Nationals while children of British mothers have to pay a registration fee of £570 each and undego checks before they can be "British citizens" Such children also become British by descent which means they cannot pass their citizenship on to their children if they in turn happen to be born aboard. This is one rule for one category of people and another for another category.

Change the law so that where it says father it should say parent across all legislation to give equality to all and fairness and remove the need for fees and registration as well as "good character" requirements as a means of blocking people based on their mixed ethnicity.

Don’t introduce the English test for spouses of UK citizens

The Government plans to introduce an English test before a spouse of a UK citizen is allowed a visa to enter Britain. We already have a strict citizenship system that includes language proficiency.

We should not introduce this costly and ineffectual test – it is yet more red tape.

Why is this idea important?

The Government plans to introduce an English test before a spouse of a UK citizen is allowed a visa to enter Britain. We already have a strict citizenship system that includes language proficiency.

We should not introduce this costly and ineffectual test – it is yet more red tape.

Allow established illegal immigrants a chance to “buy” their citizenship

There are many illegal immigrants who have entered the UK and been living invisibly and working on the black economy because they do not have official documents. I believe there should be an amnesty window, and those who are living underground as it were, could buy their citizenship by paying a very large fine for the illegal entry, which could be spread over some years like the student loan system. As someone with the status of a probationary immigrant, they would be allowed to work legally and contribute to the economy, and also pay a higher tax rate for a while to compensate for the years they could not pay tax, as we have no way of knowing or proving what they earned or how they survived during the time they were invisible.

The probationary citizen period would end when the fine was totally paid off. I would suggest the figure shoudl be around 12-15,000 per person. Once they are working legally, deductions could be made at source at a rate that is deemed managable so they do not suffer hardship, or the fine scheme be too offputting.

Why is this idea important?

There are many illegal immigrants who have entered the UK and been living invisibly and working on the black economy because they do not have official documents. I believe there should be an amnesty window, and those who are living underground as it were, could buy their citizenship by paying a very large fine for the illegal entry, which could be spread over some years like the student loan system. As someone with the status of a probationary immigrant, they would be allowed to work legally and contribute to the economy, and also pay a higher tax rate for a while to compensate for the years they could not pay tax, as we have no way of knowing or proving what they earned or how they survived during the time they were invisible.

The probationary citizen period would end when the fine was totally paid off. I would suggest the figure shoudl be around 12-15,000 per person. Once they are working legally, deductions could be made at source at a rate that is deemed managable so they do not suffer hardship, or the fine scheme be too offputting.

Passport & Immigration Law

Ive been struggling to get a passport recently due to the current Nationalality & Passport Laws. I was born in the UK in 1988 where my mum was born in Nigeria and my was dad born in the UK. Both were living in England at the time of my birth. Although I was born here, lived here all my life, gone to School and paid taxes; the government say that as I was born after 1983 (when the legislation was bought in),  i would have no choice but to claim nationalality from my mother. But because she's officially an African Citizen I would have to pay over £600 to become nationalised. Its crazy to think that for someone who was born here, gone to school, worked and paid taxes should be treated like an outsider when theres people who come here illegally, claim benefits and cheat the system and who also get away with it…how can that be possible? I feel like ive been restricted and I work bloody hard to earn a living. This law needs to be revised as it restricts peoples lifestyles and discriminates against the good and the honest. There should be tighter security within the UK Border Agency and a fair straightforward policy for people who are born in the UK who have trouble getting passports 

Why is this idea important?

Ive been struggling to get a passport recently due to the current Nationalality & Passport Laws. I was born in the UK in 1988 where my mum was born in Nigeria and my was dad born in the UK. Both were living in England at the time of my birth. Although I was born here, lived here all my life, gone to School and paid taxes; the government say that as I was born after 1983 (when the legislation was bought in),  i would have no choice but to claim nationalality from my mother. But because she's officially an African Citizen I would have to pay over £600 to become nationalised. Its crazy to think that for someone who was born here, gone to school, worked and paid taxes should be treated like an outsider when theres people who come here illegally, claim benefits and cheat the system and who also get away with it…how can that be possible? I feel like ive been restricted and I work bloody hard to earn a living. This law needs to be revised as it restricts peoples lifestyles and discriminates against the good and the honest. There should be tighter security within the UK Border Agency and a fair straightforward policy for people who are born in the UK who have trouble getting passports 

Allow Illegitimate Children Citizenship Through Their British Fathers

Currently, only British mothers and married British fathers are able to pass on their citizenship, by descent, to their children. The one and only group left out of their birthright are children born before 1 July 2006 to unmarried British fathers.

There is a registration system put in place for fathers to register their minor children for UK citizenship.  However, it is being misused by immigration officers.  There are numerous news stories about children shut out of British citizenship because an immigration officer refused to register an illegitimate child's birth.  Once that child reaches the age of 18, they are exempt from the opportunity to acquire British citizenship. 

No other group of children have a cut-off date attached to their births for nationality purposes.  Only illegitimate children have such unfair rules applied to them by the British government.  Every other child born to at least one British parent can apply for citizenship at any time in their life. 

Both the Nationality, Immigration, & Asylum Act and the Borders, Citizenship, & Immigration Bill sought to remove this inequality completely.  However, each time it was removed, continuing to shut out children born to unmarried British fathers, while giving British mothers the right to pass on their nationality to their children, regardless of birth status.  It was last year, during the Borders Bill, when the then Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, stated that giving illegitimate children any rights would be a "step into the unknown".  Another MP told a "who's your daddy" joke.  

This behavior towards illegitimate children is unacceptable and goes against both the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.  The British government must find a way to offer some path to citizenship for the very last group it has admitted to discriminating against — illegitimate children born before 1 July 2006 to British fathers.

This is clearly a human rights issue.  Only one group of children are being singled out of their nationality rights.  Remove ALL cut-off dates so that ALL children born to at least one British parent can register their births and acquire British passports, not just specific groups.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, only British mothers and married British fathers are able to pass on their citizenship, by descent, to their children. The one and only group left out of their birthright are children born before 1 July 2006 to unmarried British fathers.

There is a registration system put in place for fathers to register their minor children for UK citizenship.  However, it is being misused by immigration officers.  There are numerous news stories about children shut out of British citizenship because an immigration officer refused to register an illegitimate child's birth.  Once that child reaches the age of 18, they are exempt from the opportunity to acquire British citizenship. 

No other group of children have a cut-off date attached to their births for nationality purposes.  Only illegitimate children have such unfair rules applied to them by the British government.  Every other child born to at least one British parent can apply for citizenship at any time in their life. 

Both the Nationality, Immigration, & Asylum Act and the Borders, Citizenship, & Immigration Bill sought to remove this inequality completely.  However, each time it was removed, continuing to shut out children born to unmarried British fathers, while giving British mothers the right to pass on their nationality to their children, regardless of birth status.  It was last year, during the Borders Bill, when the then Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas, stated that giving illegitimate children any rights would be a "step into the unknown".  Another MP told a "who's your daddy" joke.  

This behavior towards illegitimate children is unacceptable and goes against both the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.  The British government must find a way to offer some path to citizenship for the very last group it has admitted to discriminating against — illegitimate children born before 1 July 2006 to British fathers.

This is clearly a human rights issue.  Only one group of children are being singled out of their nationality rights.  Remove ALL cut-off dates so that ALL children born to at least one British parent can register their births and acquire British passports, not just specific groups.

Citizenship and Revocation of Citizenship

There have being the creation of two tier citizens, the ones born here and the naturalise ones. Whilst the law advocates that every citizen is equal in the eyes of the law its has also help create a more equal citizen than the other. The citizens born outside the UK can now have thier citizenship revoked for frivilous reason in they find themselves on the wrong side of the law and get deported thanks to the effects terrorism. On the other hand the citizens born here are only subjected to the remit of the law but not to deportation. This brings back the memory of the mass deportation to Austrailian of  British citizens. The law and the ability to revoke the citizenships should be reversed back to where it was before 9/11. Whilst  one acknoledges the fact that the public need to be protected from terrorist this ability to reverse what otherwise would be a permanent thing has handed them victory by managing to split the society along natives and none natives.

Why is this idea important?

There have being the creation of two tier citizens, the ones born here and the naturalise ones. Whilst the law advocates that every citizen is equal in the eyes of the law its has also help create a more equal citizen than the other. The citizens born outside the UK can now have thier citizenship revoked for frivilous reason in they find themselves on the wrong side of the law and get deported thanks to the effects terrorism. On the other hand the citizens born here are only subjected to the remit of the law but not to deportation. This brings back the memory of the mass deportation to Austrailian of  British citizens. The law and the ability to revoke the citizenships should be reversed back to where it was before 9/11. Whilst  one acknoledges the fact that the public need to be protected from terrorist this ability to reverse what otherwise would be a permanent thing has handed them victory by managing to split the society along natives and none natives.

Citizens and family

Citizens born in Britain should not be allowed to introduce more than one other person into this country.

 

Nationalised citizens should not be allowed to introduce anyone into this country.

Why is this idea important?

Citizens born in Britain should not be allowed to introduce more than one other person into this country.

 

Nationalised citizens should not be allowed to introduce anyone into this country.

skeleton first

We can't  "make" civil liberties for this country without first having an agreed  (not assumed) framework of what citizenship is and is not; of what are responsibilities and rights. Consult any ten people and a wide range of opinions will emerge. What have other respected nations done successfully?  Does the american citizenship model create good citizens? (Leaving out the inalienable right to bear arms.)  Freedom doesn't exist in a vacuum, giving everyone the right to do anything anywhere won't work.  Let us look at other nations and see what's working and why it works; perhaps we can learn new ways of being Great Britain.

Why is this idea important?

We can't  "make" civil liberties for this country without first having an agreed  (not assumed) framework of what citizenship is and is not; of what are responsibilities and rights. Consult any ten people and a wide range of opinions will emerge. What have other respected nations done successfully?  Does the american citizenship model create good citizens? (Leaving out the inalienable right to bear arms.)  Freedom doesn't exist in a vacuum, giving everyone the right to do anything anywhere won't work.  Let us look at other nations and see what's working and why it works; perhaps we can learn new ways of being Great Britain.

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 is this idea important?

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.