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.

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.

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 

Be allowed to put our nationality as English on forms and documents

This country that we live in is England and we that are born and bred here as were our forefathers,should have, as our birthright, the right to enter English as our nationality on all forms.documents etc. which building societys won't allow us to do,and we should be able to.

Why is this idea important?

This country that we live in is England and we that are born and bred here as were our forefathers,should have, as our birthright, the right to enter English as our nationality on all forms.documents etc. which building societys won't allow us to do,and we should be able to.

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.

english

Can we please have the option to be English again.  All official forms give the option to be Scottish,Welsh,Irish but no English.  I am proud to be English.  I am not British as this covers a lot of nationalities.  I always cross out British and enter English knowing it will be ignored when the details are put in the computer but I feel I have done my bit!!

Why is this idea important?

Can we please have the option to be English again.  All official forms give the option to be Scottish,Welsh,Irish but no English.  I am proud to be English.  I am not British as this covers a lot of nationalities.  I always cross out British and enter English knowing it will be ignored when the details are put in the computer but I feel I have done my bit!!

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.

Equality in Citizenship & Nationality

As you are well aware of the West Lothian Question that has been a thorn in the side of Parliament for decades, there is also the Michael Turberville Question that has not been fully satisfied in over 60 years! The Question / or Problem-Issue as it should be called is:
Averil, a British Woman born in 1927 in Lincolnshire married Phillip, in 1944 an American Man born in 1919 in London. They have Six children.

David born in Sleaford in 1945 – Full British Nationality – and can pass on his nationality to his children.
Freda born in 1946 in England – under the amendment 2002 can now register her children as British.
Sandra – born in USA in 1949 – can register as British as of Jan 2010, but NOT her children..
Maryann born in USA in 1952 – can register as British as of Jan 2010 but NOT her children.
Phillip born in USA in 1957 – can register as British as of Jan 2010 but NOT his children.
Michael born in USA in 1967 – registered in 2003 and Only his children born in the UK are British.

The amendment and my bill that was in the Queens speech 2006 and 2007 and became an Act in 2008 was suppose to end all sex discrimination in Nationality.

Pre1983 all children of British Men are automatically British and all they have to do is apply for a UK passport showing their birth certificate, their father’s UK birth certificate and the parent’s marriage certificate and pay the Passport Application Fee.

That is it…

BUT if you are the child of a British Mother (pre83) – we have to apply for registration, pay £520 fee, have a criminal back ground check, swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, etc. Then pay £100? for a passport – because you are about to do away with the more economic identification method of the National ID card (only £30) and NO longer a viable option with it being removed and those of us who bought one in good faith now having to soon have to take a class action legal case against HM.Gov for breach of terms of condition of sale.

This is still sex discrimination!! I had in 2006 all party support in both Houses of Parliament that All Sex Discrimination in Nationality would end.  

If you check with the Home Office you will see that between 2003 and Q3 2009 that 16,555 people statistically registered who were born in the time frame of 1961 to 1983. I would expect that this number would be higher if we did not have to pay the Citizenship TAX!

But the Michael Turberville Question that will be an issue for you as it has been for every Home Secretary since my mother was first told  in 1950 that she could not come to the UK with her children born in the USA because she was Not our Father!

How can a married couple, have Six Children and have 3 different situations with regards to British Nationality? My oldest Brother can pass on his nationality to his children with out fees or charges, My oldest Sister, is considered a British Mother under the 1981 Nationality Act section 4C.

The next 3, can register as British but not their children.

And finally me – I am registered and my son born here is British, but IF I had children born abroad to a non British Mother, they would also NOT be British.

If this is to be the new progressive modernisation Parliamentary Government, then it is time that the Michael Turberville Question is resolved once and for all. This Issue is called the last great wrong of the past that Parliament has not resolved fully.

I suggest a simple change to the Nationality Act to state: any person with one (1) British born and bred grandparent is automatically entitled to British Nationality – no fees, no charges, under the same auspices as the children of British Fathers have always had. It should be noted that in certain countries it could be a person’s Father’s Father who was British and they are automatically entitled to British Nationality – So expand this to a British Grandparent and not restrict it to commonwealth countries!

I look forward to your reply and what action you intend on taking on the Michael Turberville Question. My mother and I have gone through over a dozen Home Secretaries and I hope that you will grasp the nettle and resolve this once and for all.

Why is this idea important?

As you are well aware of the West Lothian Question that has been a thorn in the side of Parliament for decades, there is also the Michael Turberville Question that has not been fully satisfied in over 60 years! The Question / or Problem-Issue as it should be called is:
Averil, a British Woman born in 1927 in Lincolnshire married Phillip, in 1944 an American Man born in 1919 in London. They have Six children.

David born in Sleaford in 1945 – Full British Nationality – and can pass on his nationality to his children.
Freda born in 1946 in England – under the amendment 2002 can now register her children as British.
Sandra – born in USA in 1949 – can register as British as of Jan 2010, but NOT her children..
Maryann born in USA in 1952 – can register as British as of Jan 2010 but NOT her children.
Phillip born in USA in 1957 – can register as British as of Jan 2010 but NOT his children.
Michael born in USA in 1967 – registered in 2003 and Only his children born in the UK are British.

The amendment and my bill that was in the Queens speech 2006 and 2007 and became an Act in 2008 was suppose to end all sex discrimination in Nationality.

Pre1983 all children of British Men are automatically British and all they have to do is apply for a UK passport showing their birth certificate, their father’s UK birth certificate and the parent’s marriage certificate and pay the Passport Application Fee.

That is it…

BUT if you are the child of a British Mother (pre83) – we have to apply for registration, pay £520 fee, have a criminal back ground check, swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, etc. Then pay £100? for a passport – because you are about to do away with the more economic identification method of the National ID card (only £30) and NO longer a viable option with it being removed and those of us who bought one in good faith now having to soon have to take a class action legal case against HM.Gov for breach of terms of condition of sale.

This is still sex discrimination!! I had in 2006 all party support in both Houses of Parliament that All Sex Discrimination in Nationality would end.  

If you check with the Home Office you will see that between 2003 and Q3 2009 that 16,555 people statistically registered who were born in the time frame of 1961 to 1983. I would expect that this number would be higher if we did not have to pay the Citizenship TAX!

But the Michael Turberville Question that will be an issue for you as it has been for every Home Secretary since my mother was first told  in 1950 that she could not come to the UK with her children born in the USA because she was Not our Father!

How can a married couple, have Six Children and have 3 different situations with regards to British Nationality? My oldest Brother can pass on his nationality to his children with out fees or charges, My oldest Sister, is considered a British Mother under the 1981 Nationality Act section 4C.

The next 3, can register as British but not their children.

And finally me – I am registered and my son born here is British, but IF I had children born abroad to a non British Mother, they would also NOT be British.

If this is to be the new progressive modernisation Parliamentary Government, then it is time that the Michael Turberville Question is resolved once and for all. This Issue is called the last great wrong of the past that Parliament has not resolved fully.

I suggest a simple change to the Nationality Act to state: any person with one (1) British born and bred grandparent is automatically entitled to British Nationality – no fees, no charges, under the same auspices as the children of British Fathers have always had. It should be noted that in certain countries it could be a person’s Father’s Father who was British and they are automatically entitled to British Nationality – So expand this to a British Grandparent and not restrict it to commonwealth countries!

I look forward to your reply and what action you intend on taking on the Michael Turberville Question. My mother and I have gone through over a dozen Home Secretaries and I hope that you will grasp the nettle and resolve this once and for all.

All immigration controls

Repeal these laws:

 

 

# Borders, citizenship and immigration Act 2009

 

# Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

 

# UK Borders Act 2007

 

# Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

 

# Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004

 

# Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002

 

#British Overseas Territories Act 2002

 

#Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

 

# Asylum and Immigration Act 1996

 

# Immigration and Asylum Appeals Act 1993

 

# Dublin Convention 1990

 

# Carriers' Liability Act 1987

 

# British Nationality Act 1981

 

# Immigration Act 1971 

Why is this idea important?

Repeal these laws:

 

 

# Borders, citizenship and immigration Act 2009

 

# Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

 

# UK Borders Act 2007

 

# Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

 

# Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004

 

# Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002

 

#British Overseas Territories Act 2002

 

#Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

 

# Asylum and Immigration Act 1996

 

# Immigration and Asylum Appeals Act 1993

 

# Dublin Convention 1990

 

# Carriers' Liability Act 1987

 

# British Nationality Act 1981

 

# Immigration Act 1971