Victory for Ealing Law Centre as teen is awarded citizenship

Solicitors at Ealing Law Centre have just won a key legal case on behalf of a young man who has been granted British Citizenship. He can now take up a place at a prestigious drama school.

The eighteen year old, known as Danny, had lived in the UK since the age of three. He was not entitled to citizenship as his father was not a British citizen and his mother had returned to her country of birth and was no longer involved in his life.

“Children and young people can be left in limbo with no right to go into further education or take work,” explained solicitor Solange Valdez of the Law Centre’s Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens. “The Secretary of State has the discretion to register children as British citizens but had not included someone in Danny’s position.

“We challenged the Secretary of State’s decision to the high court and we are delighted that Danny now has citizenship. It is the first time citizenship has been granted to someone in his position.

“This is a key decision which should benefit many more children in the same situation. We are seeing more and more young people in our monthly surgeries who urgently need to resolve their status in order to pursue their education.”

Speaking after the decision, Danny commented: “I have had difficulties with my
status for many years and I’ve missed opportunities throughout my school life due to lack of citizenship. You feel very insecure about your future, as if you have no proper identity.”

Danny is looking forward to attending his citizenship ceremony this week.

For legal advice on citizenship, housing and other immigration matters contact Ealing Law Centre tel. 020 8579 4598. ends

For more information please contact
• Solange Valdez, Solicitor, Ealing Law Centre tel. 0208 579 4598 or e-mail: solange.valdez@ealinglaw.org.uk
• Pamela Judge, Communications Manager, Law Centres Network tel. 01239 711041 or email pamela@lawcentres.org.uk

Notes to editor
• Ealing Law Centre is at 210 Northfields Ave, Ealing W13 9SJ.
Office hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm. Please call 020 8579 4598. to make an appointment.
• The Project For The Registration Of Children As British Citizens
(PRCBC) is a project based at Ealing Law Centre. For more information please see http://ealinglawcentre.org.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/contact/

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