Refusing citizenship for historic evasion of immigration control confirmed as lawful

A quick note on an unsuccessful challenge to a good character naturalisation refusal. The claimant sought to argue that the policy of refusing citizenship on the ground of bad character where the person had broken immigration laws in the preceding decade was ultra vires the British Nationality Act 1981. The case is R (Al Enein) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 1615 (Admin). Mr Al Enein is a Palestinian. Since 2014, he has had indefinite leave to remain as the spouse of a British citizen. But he had previously applied unsuccessfully for asylum in the UK. Between November 2007 and January 2010, he remained in the UK…

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