Shane Ridge, 21 was born in the UK and has applied for UK passport last year. In spite of living there for his whole life, he was denied by the UK Home Office last week, telling him his driving license had been revoked, and that he may face a £5000 pound fine and a prison sentence if he doesn’t leave the UK voluntarily.
“He was born in the UK. He did his GCSEs there and has worked for six years. He pays tax and national insurance. He and his girlfriend rented a house. The vote and use the NHS and opened a bank account without any problems, ever.”
UK VISAS OPTIONS
Tier 2 visas, which allows skilled workers to work for a UK employer with a tier 2 sponsorship licence, and eventually gain legal permanent residence.
Commonwealth nationals who have a grandparent who was born in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man may enter the UK for a period of five years on a UK ancestry visa, and can then apply for permanent residence.
MOTHER, DUAL CITIZENSHIP HOLDER
Ridge’s mother was born in Australia, and was not married to his UK-born father at the time of his birth.
Under UK law for children born before 2006 the father’s nationality only automatically passes to the child if the parents were married at the time of the birth.
Ridge’s maternal grandmother was British and that as a result, his mother had settled status in the UK at the time of his birth. Therefore she possesses both Australian and UK citizenship.
UK HOME OFFICE VISA DEPARTMENT SEEK APOLOGY
Home Office fails to understand that Mr Ridge’s mother had dual British and Australian citizenship, making him a UK citizen. Because of his mother’s birthplace, the Home Office told Ridge last week that he has ‘no lawful basis’ to be in the UK, and must apply for UK ‘right of abode’.
He received the letter from Immigration Enforcement saying they were going to revoke his driving licence and he should leave the country voluntarily or face a £5,000 fine.
He was also said that the access to banking, benefits, and the NHS would be revoked.
He has applied for an Australian passport and was accepted because his mother was born there, despite both her parents being British, and therefore she has dual citizenship.
He went to apply for right of abode himself after receiving the letter and was told by the Home Office that he needs to apply for British citizenship first before I can do that.
The Home Office has now apologised and confirmed that Mr Ridge is already a UK citizen.
Because of the tough anti-migrant atmosphere, these sorts of things are more likely to happen. Under pressure to be tough on immigrants, UK Visas staffs are more likely to take action against people without doing the necessary checks.