The firm's immigration team, comprising Maria Patsalos, Lucy Grant, Jessica Good and Lydia Boateng are assisting with a challenge against the high level of Home Office fees for children to register as British citizens. The firm is specifically challenging the profit, of over £600, the Home Office makes on each application that a child makes for citizenship.
The firm and Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers are acting on a pro-bono basis for The Project for Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) in their case against the Home Office.
Permission has now been granted by the High Court to apply for a judicial review into the legality of the fees charged for children to obtain British citizenship. This is an extremely important case about securing the rights and futures of children to obtain citizenship that they are entitled to. There are numerous vulnerable children who are being detrimentally affected due to the fact that they cannot afford the fee of £1,012 to make an application for British citizenship. In particular, they face the risk of removal from the UK, difficulties accessing education and medical care and social isolation from friends.
Amnesty International has launched a petition against the Home Office to stop profiteering from children's rights.