born Ipswich student denied British citizenship despite having British mother Estelle Dragan, 19, was born in France to a French father and English mother.
When her parents divorced when she was six, her mother nearest burberry store returned home to the UK with Estelle and Estelle's sister Clara, now 17. After the result of the EU referendum, Estelle began the process of obtaining British citizenship to safeguard against any loss in rights EU nationals would face in post Brexit Britain. But in February the University of Birmingham student was stunned to have her permanent residency application denied. Estelle Dragan has lived most of her life in the UK, but has been unable to aquire UK citizenship. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN As her mother was born in Tanzania and not in the UK, Estelle's only route was to apply through naturalisation, but was turned down despite proving her UK residency since the age of six. The reason given was because she had "not provided evidence of comprehensive sickness insurance cover" according to Home Office correspondence despite it not being a requirement to live in the UK. "I didn't expect to be rejected," the bilingual English and French student said. "My case is rare because even though my mum is British she wasn't born here, but there is no exception for that." Despite outlining her situation, Estelle has been told that all she can do is gain the necessary insurance cover to be eligible, and apply again in five years time with records of her residency a process that will take place three years after Brexit has been completed. "It's a complete unknown for everybody at the moment. "The rules are very stubborn but there is such a broad criteria," she said. A petition has been launched highlighting her plight, which she says is to raise awareness for the issue, but has still been left anxious over her future. Her sister Clara is unlikely to have the same problem as children do not need a permanent residency to apply for British citizenship, prompting Clara to apply for her citizenship now before she turns 18. Estelle added: "I feel invisible really, it's weird. "I am for all EU nationals to have their rights protected, and it's not a case where I feel am more British than anyone else. "It just seems really unfair how my future is impacted because of this I have grown up with my British friends and had the same opportunities but I am being considered 'unBritish'." To view or sign the petition see here. Mr Franks ( apologise for the Mr but I'm old school ) as I worked at the sharp end for 29 years the last 5 of which I was dealing with people who happened to be found in the backs of lorries (mostly) I can assure you that there are plenty of illegal immigrants in this land. In one particular event 13 people were detained and were documented as best as possible, bearing in mind NONE of the 13 had ANY identification on them or in their property. They were fed, again as best as we could, and were given the once over by a Doctor. Home Office staff then arrived handed out vouchers, gave the adults (10) paper work which stated that they had to attend the Immigration office at Harwich within a certain time for further enquiries to be carried out. It's not uncommon for someone to be born abroad to British parents. Boris Johnson was born in the USA, Cliff Richard and the late Spike Milligan were both born in India. Douglas Carswell MP was born in Uganda. The regulations for acquiring British citizenship are rather byzantine. A friend of mine who grew up in South Africa but had lived in the UK since her teens and got a clutch of GCSEs including English had to undertake a language test. My advice to this young lady is get your degree and go to France. You need to read the article, Suffolkboy. The mother is British by descent and there was no need for the young woman to consider registering as a UK citizen until the rug was pulled from under them due to the incompetence of Cameron, May and co. Just to amuse Brexiteers, an EU stipulation of obtaining permanent residence of a host state where a citizen from another EU country has resided for 5 years is proof that the person has not been a burden on the local health system. stay at home spouses) and children have provide evidence of having had Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for the 5 years of having been resident. And the UK home office has decided that entitlement to use the NHS does not count. Thus people like this young woman have to take out CSI even though they don't actually need it to receive healthcare in order to qualify for permanent residence which is a prerequisite of applying for naturalisation. Other member states fund their health systems through insurance schemes it is just the UK that has made a bodge of interpreting the EU rules and deciding that the NI contributions of the working family member do not count as health insurance for the rest of the family, and legal entitlement to use the NHS does not count either. I'm the young Lady's mother and I'd like to reply to the comment made by Suffolk Boy. What you have missed is that being born in Tanzania to 100% British parents burberry usa does not make me Tanzanian. I am British because my parents are British, and their parents were British and their parents were British and so on. It is quite common for expat families to have children whilst working abroad, and in many cases, especially 30 40 years ago, travelling home to deliver a baby would have been impractical. It doesn't make sense to me that these expat families many of whom were sent overseas on government assignment are faced with the situation where their children's children are not entitled to British citizenship simply because their parents who are as British as the Queen were born overseas? In reply to Dopey Donkey's comment, we made no effort to apply for British citizenship for my daughter whilst under the age of 18 as there was absolutely no need to given her rights to live and work here as a EU national. It is purely in the wake of Brexit that her situation and future in this country, which is her home, have become uncertain as is the case for thousands of others who have lived, worked and contributed the same as any other citizen. To me, it makes no sense that an EU citizen is not required to have private health insurance whilst living and working here and is perfectly entitled to use the NHS only up until the point they wish to apply for official residency (which is only a requirement if you wish to apply for British Citizenship) when suddenly 5 years' private health insurance becomes mandatory. This is not about "ganging up" on the Border Agency. It's about highlighting the irregularities of the system. Her mother being born in Tanzania of a British parent can become British by descent but any child born to her overseas cannot inherit British citizenship. It's not a new law, it's been this way for eons so it would seem that this girl (or her mother) have simply not made any effort to apply for citizenship for Ms Dragan despite her qualifying to apply to be British as a naturalised citizen during a 7 year period until she was 18. After the age of 18 additional qualifications apply which are now preventing her applying through naturalisation. It would seem she missed the boat due to inactivity on her part and it now expecting us to sign a petition and gang up on the Border Agency. Sorry no sympathy from me as its comforting to know that the Border Agency is actively applying the immigration laws. I am sure I would have had more sympathy if the photos were not so posed, especially the third one. I find our local rags quite incredible; with most articles they use a stupid picture of a cop or ambulance or such like because they are short of photographers (I assume) but on this item they can turn up with a photographer who seems to assume she is David Bailey! "Yes, dear, just gaze into the far distance. right a little more. head down a bit" It is serious for the girl but laughable for the reader. I think one photo would have sufficed to allow the reader see the subject; it is not a model shoot. However, another illustration of how completely bonkers our immigration system is. I am sure I would have had more sympathy if the photos were not so posed, especially the third one. I find our local rags quite incredible; with most articles they use a stupid picture of a cop or ambulance or such like because they are short of photographers (I assume) but on this item they can turn up burberry outlet md with a photographer who seems to assume she is David Bailey! "Yes, dear, just gaze closest burberry outlet into the far distance. right a little more. head down a bit" It is serious for the girl but laughable for the reader. However, another illustration of how completely bonkers our immigration system is.
the Tories' mates just walk in, then buy up London property and inflate housing prices countrywide. One law for the rich and another for the ordinary person. And why do immigrants here have to pay a health surcharge when they already pay taxes and NI? Many UK citizens live off the dole, contribute no taxes and no NI but get everything free.
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