Does the child citizenship fee waiver address the barrier to British citizenship?

As of 16th June, Citizenship fees for applications made by children can now be waived on a discretionary affordability basis under new Home Office policy. This change was implemented after a review was conducted of the current fees which were shown to have generated £100 million for the home office in the last 5 years. Why was a fee waiver introduced? The Home Office declared that their goal of introducing a new fee waiver was to guarantee that there is no “barrier” for children who cannot afford the fees to be able to acquire British citizenship following concerns about “consequential impacts” that the high fees were causing to children on their rights and wellbeing, who did not have the financial means to afford to apply for citizenship.

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UK Border Control booth

The Nationality and Borders Bill became an Act of Parliament on 28 April 2022. The new legislation intends to dramatically overhaul the system by which asylum, immigration, and citizenship rules work in the UK. We share some insight into the key changes of the new nationality law – looking in particular at Section 4L and its impact on immigration law practitioners and their clients and, as importantly, the main risks and benefits.

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Meervart building

The Seventh International Workshop on Controlled Natural Language took place in Amsterdam in September 2021. The event concluded with a keynote speech from Robert Kowalski (Professor Emeritus at ICL) in which he discussed some of his recent work developing Logical English: a high-level controlled natural language (CNL) that can be understood by people with no training in computer science, logic, or mathematics…

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