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DT 1743 Introduction and refresher to the law on the registration of children as British Nationals

A clear understanding on law, policy, practice and process on the registration of children as British citizens by entitlement and discretion.

Event details

Date(s):20 February 2018
Start Time:16.00
End Time:19.15
Audience:Practitioners and advisers working with children on issues of registration as British citizens.
Main area:Nationality
Topics:1) Who acquires British citizenship at birth under the British Nationality Act 1981;
2) Registration of minors as British citizens by entitlement under s1 (3);
3) Registration by entitlement under s1 (4) and absences from the UK;
4) Registration of minors as British citizens at the discretion of the Secretary of State under s3 (1) of the British Nationality Act 1981 (including Chapter 9 of the Nationality Instructions);
5) The Good Character requirement in children’s registration applications under s41A of the British Nationality Act 1981;
6) Application process and evidence of satisfying the relevant criteria including application fee;
7) Internal reviews on registration refusals;
8) Relevant caselaw on the registration of children as British citizens 
Tutor details:Solange Valdez-Symonds, Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC); QC Amanda Weston, Garden Court Chambers
Tutor biographies:

Solange Valdez-Symonds works as a solicitor and director of the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC), hosted by the Migrants Resource Centre.  The project, under the supervision of Solange and a pool of qualified volunteers, has for the past two years assisted children with their complex registration applications. The project has also recently published their legal research report on the registration of children: “Systemic obstacles to children’s registration as British Citizens”. This legal research was funded by the Strategic Legal Fund for vulnerable young migrants (SLF). 

Solange delivers training at various levels on immigration issues, legal aid and on the registration of children as British citizens.

Amanda practises across a wide range of public and administrative law fields with an emphasis on civil liberties and vulnerable client groups. Substantive areas of her public law practice include community care, mental health and mental capacity, unlawful detention, national security measures such as deprivation of citizenship, prison law, human rights and discrimination. She has particular experience in challenges to both local and central government policy, rules and subordinate legislation.

Examples of her leading cases include McNally, the successful judicial review of the Education Secretary’s decision to intervene in a teacher’s disciplinary proceedings where natural justice principles were ‘read-in’ to primary statute, and AHK on the principles which apply where the Secretary of State wishes to rely on undisclosed material in judicial review. She is co-author of Jordan’s Judicial Review: A Practical Guide. She is increasingly instructed in leading work.

Amanda has a long-standing commitment to upholding the rights of immigrants and their families. She is a regular contributor to the Legal Action Immigration Law update and writes the SIAC practice & procedure update for LAG.

PriceConcessionary Training Prices: £60
Member Training Prices: £120
Non Member Training Prices: £240

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