1,000s of children born or raised here in the UK are being prevented from getting a student loan, applying for jobs or opening a bank account.
They meet all of the Home Office's stringent criteria but cannot afford to pay thousands of pounds in fees to prove their 'British-ness'.
Every month, the Home Office makes a shocking **£2 mln profit** from the fees it charges children and their families: that's a £623 profit per child!
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Subject: Stand by children raised here: help reduce child citizenship fees
I am writing as a constituent concerned that thousands of children born or raised in the UK are currently being denied their right to become British citizens due to the sky-high fees set by the Home Office.
These are children who already meet the Home Office's stringent criteria but whose families cannot afford to spend over £1,000 per child.
This concerns me - as it should all of us - because it's holding young people back from fulfilling their potential and contributing to society.
Without the official documents they need, many of these young people are prevented from obtaining a student loan and attending university, as well as applying for jobs or opening a bank account.
Research by community organising charity Citizens UK has revealed that the Home Office makes a profit of over £600 per child citizenship application, amounting to a shocking £2 million in profit each month.
The Independent Inspector for Borders criticised the Home Office for a lack of attention to basic fairness.
As my MP, I urge you to write to Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes MP to raise this matter with her and call for child citizenship fees to be reduced to their cost price of £372.
While Parliament continues to debate Brexit, I hope that you will take this opportunity to help make a tangible difference to children born or raised here and help avoid another Windrush-style scandal.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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