UK: High Court judgment due on landmark child citizenship fees case

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Home Office faces challenge over ‘profiteering’ child citizenship fees

Judgment expected to be handed down tomorrow 

Spokespeople available for interview on request

The High Court in London will tomorrow (Thursday 19 December) deliver a landmark judgment on a case that could find the Home Office’s £1,012 child citizenship fee unlawful.

The claim for judicial review of the charge was heard by the High Court last month. It was brought by the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) and two children, known as A and O. If successful, the final ruling could have implications for tens of thousands of people, mostly children born in the UK.

Amnesty International UK has been supporting the litigation calling for an immediate end to the Government’s “shameless profiteering” of children’s rights.

With the current administrative processing cost at only £372 per application, a profit of £640 is made by the Home Office for the registration of each child.

Mishcon de Reya are providing pro bono support to the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens on the case.

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