PERSONAL IMMIGRATION LAW
UK Nationality & Citizenship
Applications for naturalisation / registration
If you are at the stage of your immigration journey where you are eligible to apply for naturalisation / registration as a British citizen, SMA is here to help you get over the final hurdle. Whilst becoming a British national is something to be celebrated, it is a heavily guarded status and there are many pitfalls to avoid. Chief amongst those pitfalls is the “good character” requirement which allows the Home Office to refuse your application if there is something in your past which means you are not considered to be of “good character”. The good character requirement is extremely wide-reaching and covers various matters spanning from the fact you overstayed your visa, have had financial troubles, to having committed a serious crime. Not declaring things which could be considered to go against your character can also have disastrous consequences. SMA Solicitors will guide you through the entire application process and present your case in a way that best explains any potential areas of concerns.
Deprivation / revocation
Whilst obtain citizenship as a British national is the end of the immigration journey for most foreign nationals, the Home Office has the power to revoke / deprive you of your nationality if, for example, it is alleged that you obtained nationality by fraud, by using a false identity, or when the Secretary of State believes that it is in the public good to deprive you of your citizenship because, as an example, it is alleged that you have been involved in a particularly serious crime.
Deprivation and revocation of citizenship are extremely serious events with complex legal principles behind them and SMA Solicitors is on hand to help you in the event you face deprivation / revocation.
It is crucial that you engage with the Secretary of State from the outset if you are being threatened with revocation / deprivation of citizenship as the more information and evidence that you can provide, the greater the chances that you will be able to keep hold of your nationality.
The consequences of citizenship being revoked as particularly serious and could ultimately lead to you being required to leave the United Kingdom and, as such, should not be taken lightly.
The Windrush saga has been one of the Home Office’s most unfortunate and embarrassing mistakes in living memory. Thousands of Commonwealth people have been affected by a situation where the Home Office has created uncertainly for individuals and families who have been happily and peacefully living in this country for several decades.
It has taken some time but the Government has admitted that members of the Windrush Generation have the legal right to stay in the United Kingdom as British and has put in place guidance to add some clarity. As is often the case, the guidance is far from easy to read and understand and we at SMA are here to make this process simpler and as stress-free as we possibly can.
If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the Windrush Scandal, please get in touch with our expert team who will be able to advise you on your eligibility for loss of earnings, stress, inconvenience and, most importantly, dealing with your on-going immigration situation.
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