Citizenship fees poetry action briefing
4th October 10.30am – 11.30am, Home Office
Citizens UK members took action outside the Home Office on National Poetry Day, 4th October.
Some of the participating schools had one student perform a poem they had written about what it means to be British Citizen. A professionally bound anthology and a letter asking for a meeting to the Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes MP was then handed in.
October 4th, 10.30am – 11.30am
The Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4DF
The £1012 fee for children for British Citizenship prevents many children in our member institutions from access the citizenship they are entitled to. Just as Windrush was about people not being able to access the Citizenship they are entitled to, many children in our communities are blocked from becoming Citizens because they simply cannot afford the fees to pay for it. Even if they do find the money parents are often forced into risky and expensive debt to pay for the fees.
Without British Citizenship it is very difficult for young people to fulfil their potential, including being able to study at university. It also prevents them from voting once they’re 18 and participating fully in public life. In some cases, not accessing citizenship could put the family at risk of removal.
As part of the Children Into Citizens campaign Citizens UK members are calling for the £1012 fee to be reduced to cost price (£372) and ensure that there are adequate waivers for children who can’t afford it and looked after children. Our aim is to negotiate with the immigration minister on this issue and so we are taking action to ask for a meeting and demonstrate to her how strongly we feel about this issue.