The Paragraph 3 of Schedule 2 of the British Nationality Act 1981 provides that:

"3(1)A person born in the United Kingdom or a [F7British overseas territory] after commencement shall be entitled, on an application for his registration under this paragraph, to be so registered if the following requirements are satisfied in his case, namely—
(a)that he is and always has been stateless; and
(b)that on the date of the application he F8. . . was under the age of twenty-two; and
(c)that he was in the United Kingdom or a [F7British overseas territory](no matter which) at the beginning of the period of five years ending with that date and that (subject to paragraph 6) the number of days on which he was absent from both the United Kingdom and the [F9British overseas territories] in that period does not exceed 450."

The High Court in the landmark case of MK (A Child By Her Litigation Friend CAE), R (On the Application Of) v SSHD [2017] EWC 1365 (Admin) (14 June 2017) considered whether the definition of ‘stateless’ includes those who do not automatically acquire the nationality by operation of their own national law but to whom it is open to acquire such nationality by registration or a similar process should they chose to do so. 

Further to this, under the Indian law – The Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2003 (India) – an Indian national born aboard on or after 03 December 2004 is not a citizen unless the birth is registered at an Indian consulate ‘in such a form and manner as may be prescribed’.

In the light of the above, a stateless child can apply for registration as British Citizen if the following requirements are duly satisified:

  • The relevant stateless child was born in the UK;
  • The relevant child is and has always been stateless;
  • The relevant child must be under the age of 22 at the date of application;
  • The relevant child must be in the UK at the begining of the period of 5 years preceding the date of the application;
  • The relevant child was not absent from the UK for more than 450 days in last 5 yeas preceding the date of application.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Application For Registration As British Citizen Being A Stateless Child?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with application for registration as a British citizen being a stateless child. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your stateless child's application for registration as a British Citizen and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

How We Can Help With Registration As British Citizen Being A Stateless Child?

If instructed to represent your stateless child in his/her application for registration as a British Citizen, the casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Assessing your stateless child's eligibility for registration as a British Citizen and advisig you about the weakenesses and strengths of your chld's application for British Citizenship;
  • Advising you on the relevant requirements, procedures, documents, costs etc in relation to your stateless child's application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • Advising you on referees for your child's British Citizenship application;
  • Checking all the relevant documents to be submitted in support of your child's application and discussing the same with you;
  • Collating all the required documents to be submitted in support of the application;
  • Completing the relevant application form for registering your stateless child as a British Citizen;
  • Preparing detailed cover letter in support of the application explaining in detail:
    • all the relevant legal requirements;
    • documents being submitted in support of the application; and
    • how the eligibility criteria for the grant of the application is being satisfied for the application to succeed;
  • Submittig application to the Home Office UKVI with all the necessary enclosures and liasing with the Home Office UKVI until a decision on the application is made by the Home Office, UKVI.

Our Fee For Registering Your Stateless Child As British Citizen

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,500 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your stateless child's application for registration as a British Citizen. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your stateless child's application and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on your stateless child's application for registration as a British Citizen. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.

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