Some good news on immigration and nationality for children and young people!

On 20th June 2022, several changes to immigration rules came into effect that will benefit minors and young people in the UK.

The changes include:

  • Minors born outside the UK but who have resided here for at least 7 years and young adults aged 18-25 who have spent more than half their lives in the UK, will be able to apply for a residence permit for 5 years instead of 2.5 years and will be able to access indefinite residence at 5 years instead of 10.
  • Minors born in the UK who have been resident here for at least 7 years will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain directly.

Finally the government is doing some justice for those who came to this country not by choice but simply because their parents brought them here by allowing them quicker access to settled status.

The changes to the immigration rules also confirm that the route for people to regularise their immigration status after 20 years of residence in the UK remains open. In my experience this route works and I encourage people who have been here for 20 years to regularise.

In other positive news, following the Home Office’s announcement at the end of May regarding the waiver of nationality fees for minors, it is now finally possible to apply for British nationality for minors free of charge as of last week.

The fee waiver will be granted when the applicant and his/her parents show that they cannot afford to pay the fees or, if they have the money, that it cannot be used to pay the fees, as doing so would mean that the essential needs of the child, such as housing and food, among others, would no longer be covered. Here you can find the fee waiver application form.

Manuel Padilla Behar is a solicitor specialising in immigration law and is the owner of MPB Solicitors. You can contact him here: manuel@mpbsolicitors.co.uk

First published in Spanish in Express News

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