Government continues to profiteer from young persons right to register as British citizens
The extortionate Home Office application fee to register as a British citizen has increased to £973 for children, £1,163 for young adults and £1,282 for those young persons applying to naturalise.
There is no fee waiver or reduction on a registration application fee for those young persons who cannot afford to pay this very high fee – not even for the many such young persons who have a right to register by entitlement. There is also no fee exemption for those young persons being looked after by the local authority. Yet, it costs the Home Office £386 to process a child’s British citizenship application, which means the Home Office is making a profit of £587 on each application (see Unit Cost Table).
Most children unable to register as British citizens because they can’t afford this extortionate fee are children born in the UK or children who have lived in the UK from a very young age.
For further information about British registration fees, see Briefing 2017.