Home Office makes almost £100 million from children registering as British citizens

Home Office profit on the fees charged to children exercising their right to British citizenship comes to nearly £100 million over the past five years, Free Movement analysis has shown. The controversially high fee for the citizenship process known as registration — set this year at £1,012 — is far higher than the estimated administrative cost to the department for processing registration applications. Last year, for example, the “profit” per application was £587. As 33,000 children successfully registered in 2017/18, that year the department raked in £19 million over and above the costs incurred. From 2012/13 to 2017/18, the total was £94.24 million. The Home Office acknowledged that our methodology…

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