The Home Secretary’s review of children’s best interests and the £1,012 fee it demands for registration of children’s right to British citizenship is due to be published by 10 June 2022.
The failure of the Home Secretary to consider children’s best interests in setting this fee was found to be unlawful by the High Court in the case of PRCBC, O & A v Secretary of State for the Home Department in December 2019. This was confirmed by the Court of Appeal in dismissing the Home Secretary’s appeal against that finding in February 2021.
The lawfulness of the citizenship registration fee remains before the High Court, in a judicial review claim brought by another child assisted by PRCBC. The Home Secretary has previously invited the court to delay consideration of that claim pending her completion of the review on or before 10 June 2022.