Briefing on Fees for the Registration of Children as British Citizens

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  1. The profit element should be removed from children’s registration fee in all cases, including where their right to register continues into adulthood. Children should not be prevented from registering as British simply because they cannot afford it.
  2. Children who cannot afford the fee should be granted a waiver of the entire fee.
  3. Where a child is ‘looked after’ by a local authority, there should be a fee exemption. This would prevent the shifting of costs from central to local government.

Please write to your MP. Feel free to use this Template Letter, or write your own letter, and send with a copy of our MPs Briefing on fees. You can find out who is your MP and how you can meet or contact her or him at:

July 2017


PRCBC & Amnesty UK 2017 revised briefing on the fee for children’s registration (citizenship) applications, which closes with three recommendations:

  • That the profit element of the fee be removed
  • That a fee waiver be introduced on grounds of inability to pay
  • That no fee be charged in cases where a child is assisted by a local authority

Copy of comprehensive Fees_Briefing_revised_8_April_2017

See also

Legal Voice: Children are being priced out of their rights

We are grateful to our funders:

The Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for funding our previous legal research‎ on fees and other related citizenship issues and  for funding our current legal research on the application of the good character requirement in children’s citizenship registration.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation for funding some of the complex legal casework service that we deliver for  young persons.

PRCBC, 1  January 2017