Sigh. So the saga continues. There is still no equality regarding British citizenship via British mothers.
I've been waiting for news announcing the results of committee meetings by the House of Commons and the House of Lords regarding proposed changes to the requirements for British citizenship via British mothers. Thanks to Michael Turberville, I learned that the House of Commons committee meeting was on 1 Nov, and the House of Lords meeting was 17 Nov to remove the fee of £550. Michael shares this exciting news on his website: The exemption to the fee for 4C applications will then come into effect on the 22 November.
I should be very pleased, right? Well, initially it does indeed sound like very good news however it turns out we are still not being granted automatic British citizenship via our British mothers! I learned this from an anonymous comment on my blog - The fee has been eliminated but the citizenship ceremony fee remains (£80).
This is the latest official news from the Home Office about this change to the law:
Registration of people born before 1983 to British mothers
19 November 2010
From Monday 22 November 2010 those applying under this section will not be required to pay an application fee for registration. Those who are applying in the UK will still need to pay an administrative fee of £80, as this is forwarded to the local authority to cover the administrative cost of a citizenship ceremony. The £80 administrative fee should be paid when making the application, but will be refunded if the application is unsuccessful. Those applying overseas will be required to pay a consular fee.
So the discrimination continues! We are expected to make an application and pay a fee for a citizenship ceremony and attend the ceremony. We still don't have 100% parity with the children of British father's. If my father had been British, citizenship would be automatic - no registration required, no fee at all and no ceremony!
By the way, my mother is a British war bride. The majority of people affected by this change in the law are children of British war brides. It's disgusting that the UK is still refusing to give us our right to automatic citizenship. Why are we being treated as second-class citizens?
I'm entitled to automatic citizenship via my British mother - that is citizenship without any conditions. This latest news is just changing the amount of the fee, and it was never just about the money! It's a matter of equality. The administrative fee of £80 to cover the administrative cost of a citizenship ceremony, is ridiculous! Why are we required to attend a ceremony? The citizenship ceremony is for immigrants who seek to become British citizens. The children of British mothers are not immigrants!
I'm also outraged to read that the £80 administrative fee...will be refunded if the application is unsuccessful, which implies that we are still having to apply for our right to citizenship and that we can be denied! The word, application seems to me to be the same as registration. It's blatatant discrimination to require an application (which can be denied) and the ceremony (which is for immigrants!).
Why are we still being denied our right to automatic British citizenship?
Edited to add: For your information - via the UK Home Office website:
Applicants for British citizenship use application Form UKM
"Registration as a British citizen by certain persons born before 1983 to British mothers"
Notice it states: Application for registration as a British citizen by a person born before 1983 to a British mother
Completing the application form (note the required information on Form UKM before approval for citizenship!)
Yes, the fee has been greatly reduced but we are required to register - and then (possibly) be approved for British citizenship before attending the required ceremony (which is for foreigners without a British parent). Blatant discrimination!
Related posts from my blog:
Changes to the law on citizenship: Children of British mothers
British Citizenship - discrimination
Guardian's Liberty Clinic - query about British citizenship
Related blog post via Jims Blog :
UK Continues to discriminate against children of female British citizens