Lower the cost of British Citizenship applications to £372.

The government should lower the fees of citizenship to make it more accessible for the people eligible. It only costs the Home Office £372 to process the application.

17,397 Signatures

Status: Open
Opened: 31 Dec 2020, 4:05 p.m.
Last 24 hours signatures : 13
Estimated Final Signatures: 43,171

Daily Rank: #343 • Weekly Rank: #237 • Total Rank: #92


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Recent Documents related to Lower the cost of British Citizenship applications to £372.

1. British citizenship by naturalisation
08/08/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: BRIEFING PAPER Number 8580, 8 August 2019 British citizenship by naturalisation By Hannah Wilkins Contents:

2. Fees for registering children as British citizens
17/08/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: CDP-2018-0196, 17 August 2018 Fees for registering children as British citizens Compiler: Sarah Pepin

3. Windrush Compensation Scheme
03/04/2019 - Home Office
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Found: Lead department or agency: The Home Office Other departments or agencies: HM Treasury

4. Impact Assessment: Windrush Compensation Policy (PDF)
25/03/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: N/A Lead department or agency: The Home Office Other departments or agencies: HM Treasury

5. Letter from the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Home Secretary, to the Chair, regarding Windrush and Tier 1 refusals under paragraph 322(5), 25 May 2018
29/05/2018 - Inquiry: Windrush Children - Home Affairs Committee
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Found: Home Secretary 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF www.gov.uk/home - office Rt

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Recent Speeches related to Lower the cost of British Citizenship applications to £372.

1. Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018
12/06/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: House regrets that the Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018 include a £39 increase in the - Speech Link
2: established an independent review of fees for registering children as British citizens, in the light of the - Speech Link
3: These are children who are not automatically British because of their parents’ status, despite being - Speech Link

2. British Citizenship Fees: Children
04/09/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered fees for registering children as British citizens.It is good to - Speech Link
2: Gentleman may have seen that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has announced that he has asked for a - Speech Link
3: reflects what Parliament intended when it passed the British Nationality Act 1981—that is, a system that makes - Speech Link

3. British Nationality Act 1981 (Remedial) Order 2019
23/07/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: agree that the law should not discriminate against people simply because their parents were not married when - Speech Link
2: concern children who have to register their citizenship entitlement because of their parents’ status - Speech Link

4. Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens v Home Office
19/10/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the costs of their decision to appeal - Speech Link
2: comment on ongoing litigation. Administrative costs are not recorded against particular legal cases, and - Speech Link
3: difference between the £640 that it costs to administer the citizenship fee and the £1,012 that it actually - Speech Link
4: the Immigration Act 2014 allowed for the review of fees. I can give the noble Lord a general figure, which - Speech Link
5: 2019 highlighted that the Home Office application fee to register a British citizen was £1,012 for children - Speech Link

5. Child Citizenship Fees
23/10/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: considered when developing immigration and nationality fees policy, and is met through the waivers and exceptions - Speech Link
2: impact assessment has been published. How can the Government meet their duty under the UN Convention on the - Speech Link
3: we understand the need that children and young people have to establish a secure status for their future - Speech Link

6. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Sixth sitting)
16/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees

1: Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2018 to remove all fees for applications, processes and services - Speech Link
2: after the report has been laid before Parliament, make a motion in the House of Commons in relation to - Speech Link
3: after the report has been laid before Parliament, make a motion in the House of Commons in relation to - Speech Link
4: granting British citizenship to non-British health and social care workers, removing citizenship application - Speech Link
5: to new applications until Parliament has approved its closure.New clause 11—Application after the - Speech Link

7. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
09/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: remotely intends to trigger a Division, they should make this clear when speaking on the group. We will now - Speech Link
2: term “only” in subsection (3)—that is, “may only make provision”—accepted.Subsection (3) purports - Speech Link
3: Amendment 15. Clause 4 gives the Government substantial powers to make decisions about the future regulation - Speech Link
4: more clarity to the powers that the Government are taking to make regulations, and that, for me, is a - Speech Link

8. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Tenth sitting)
05/03/2019 - Public Bill Committees

1: shortage has failed to increase the wages of the people working in it. That should be a lesson to us all - Speech Link
2: traditionally been done by men, and that helps to make my point. If we want to increase the pay of women - Speech Link

9. Passport (Fees) Regulations 2018
15/03/2018 - Grand Committee

1: of this statutory instrument is to set passport fees for the first time under the primary charging powers - Speech Link

10. Immigration Applications: Fee Structure
14/05/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: considered the fee structure for immigration applications.It is a great pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Lower the cost of British Citizenship applications to £372.
1. British Nationality: Applications
asked by: Vicky Foxcroft
10/06/2020
... whether there are concessions for fees for citizenship applications for British citizenship whose income is prohibitively low.

2. British Nationality: Armed Forces
asked by: Drew Hendry
25/09/2020
... what assessment she made of the cost of the UK citizenship application process for armed forces service personnel prior to publishing the proposed 5 October 2020 immigration and nationality fees.

3. British Nationality: Children
asked by: Neil Coyle
01/07/2020
... how many people her Department has unlawfully charged child citizenship application fees.

4. British Nationality
asked by: Afzal Khan
23/07/2018
... (b) an adult's citizenship application; and how many applications for children's citizenship his Department received in 2017.

5. British Nationality: Fees and Charges
asked by: Lord Roberts of Llandudno
21/03/2019
... why; and what any such profit is used for.

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To gain settled status people need to live in the UK for at least 5 years and demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language and British culture. After settlement, they can then apply for Citizenship. These requirements are perfectly reasonable but the cost is not. This fee does not reduce the number of immigrants or reduce the impact on social services. It simply suppresses millions of people who pay tax. Why are we supporting a system of taxation without representation?


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Government Response

All fees are kept under review, however there are no current plans to lower the cost of British Citizenship applications to £372.


The Government believes it is right those who use and benefit directly from the Border, Immigration and Citizenship system contribute towards meeting the costs, thereby reducing the burden on the UK taxpayer.

The Immigration Act 2014 provides that nationality fees should be set taking into account the costs of considering an application, in addition to the benefits of becoming a British citizen and wider costs of operating the Border, Immigration and Citizenship system. They are not set to reduce migration or fund social services.

The principle of charging at above cost has been in place for over a decade and has been approved by Parliament.

Being recognised as a British citizen is an important and defining moment in a person’s life and British nationality brings many benefits which applicants value highly. These benefits include eligibility for a British passport, the right to vote in general elections and eligibility for consular support outside of the UK.

While the Home Office acknowledges applicants may wish to apply to become British, citizenship, or registration of citizenship is a choice, and not necessary to live, study or work in the UK. Applicants are therefore expected to pay the specified fee. Fee waivers, exceptions and reductions not extended to citizenship applications, except in very limited circumstances.

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