On Sat, 16 Sep 2006 06:08:45 +0100, "P Pron"
>On re-reading the article, my guess is that the problem isn't that officials
>don't know the post-1983 rules for acquisition of British citizenship by
Although one wonders about the (alleged) comment to the effect:
"When I went to get a [British] passport for him, they told me he was
Jamaican and so he couldn't get one,"
One has to wonder what the workingumption of Passport Office
officials is when dealing with a UK born person without British
parents. Many of these persons are automatically British and yet
that seems not to be part of the workingumption used.
This isn't the first case of an apparent British citizen (post 1983
birth in the UK to a settled parent) being wrongly refused a passport.
>- it's that Ms Soares can't prove that she *was* settled at
>the time of Stefan's birth, because she doesn't have the necessary
>documentary evidence to show that she got to the UK before the barriers went
>down with the introduction of the Commonwealth Immigrants Act. I doubt that
>they've said that Stefan *isn't* British - more likely they've said that
>they can't say that he *is*, without seeing evidence that he had a "settled"
>parent at the time of his birth.
But there must be sufficient evidence of her ILR status on her
naturalisation file at the Home Office.
>I'm not sure whether to read anything into the fact that Ms Soares took 43
>years to get around to reacquiring British nationality!!
Maybe a lot of people from former colonies who migrated to the United
Kingdom before independence (with British passports) don't understand
that they lost their British nationality on independence and have to
apply to regain it.
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