WTFs Going On...

Whats going on? there's something terribly wrong when a 10 year old who has Born In This Country and lived here here all his life can't get UK Citizenship yet seemingly make payment to the right Home Office Official/Dept and away you go ....

As a Country we need to get Priorities Right....

Navy Dreams Hit By Citizenship
Friday, July 28, 2006
Source: Ananova & MOD Oracle
A 10-year-old boy with ambitions to follow his war hero grandfather into the Royal Navy has been denied British citizenship - despite being born and raised in England and having English father.

William Watrin-Cattrall has been caught in a legal loophole and has been denied citizenship because his Dutch mother was not married to his father at the time of his birth in 1996.

William, who was born in Plymouth and has never been to Holland, now faces the prospect of trying to get Dutch citizenship despite not speaking the language.

Because he is not a British citizen, it has also crushed his ambitions of becoming a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy, ending a family line of officers. His grandfather served as a Royal Navy Lieutenant and was decorated in the Second World War, and his great-grandfather was decorated in both the First and Second World Wars.

Had William's mother been British and his father Dutch, he would have automatically been eligible for British citizenship. But under the terms of the British Nationality Act 1981, his father's nationality is only considered relevant if the couple are married.

Legislation passed by Parliament in 2002 to close the loophole was finally introduced, after four years, on July 1. It means children who are born to unmarried parents can take their nationality from their father - but it will not be applied retrospectively and therefore William remains "stateless".

This has caused a major problem for William, from Honicknowle in Plymouth, and means he cannot travel abroad with his family on holiday.
His father, Nick Cattrall, 52, met his mother, Joyce Watrin, 50, in Indonesia and she came to Plymouth in 1995, giving birth to William the following year.

Mr Cattrall said it is a great concern that if anything serious was to happen to him or his wife, William would be handed over to Dutch authorities rather than those in Britain, where his friends and family are.
Mr Cattrall went on: "At the moment he has not got a passport. It's ridiculous - the child's needs have to be considered. The next step now is to apply for a Dutch passport, even though he doesn't speak the language and has never been to the country."

The case was raised in Parliament this week by Devonport Labour MP Alison Seabeck. As a result, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons Nigel Griffiths has pledged to raise it with colleagues, saying it seems "most unfair".

Edited once by snapper because of non working Oracle link
But if he was an asylum seeker he'd soon be eligble for citzenship. he's lived here all his life, he wants to serve his country so what's the problem?
There has been a whole thread or two on the shameful way in which the IND has mal-treated our servicemen, the most recent examples of which are the many excellent Commonwealth soldiers from 49 different nations.
I bet somewhere a representative of Neue Arbeit is rubbing his hands with glee at the thought of disrupting a proud family tradition of military service. I am also cynical enough to think that if Mrs W-C had not married her husband, then the coffers and resources of the state would have been laid open to her to pick and choose!
It is honestly awful that the poor lad and his family are so badly treated, and that no one in the Home Office is using any common sense here! Well can he not apply as an assylum seeker on the basis of being stateless?? Good luck to him and lets hope he can continue the family tradition of Royal Naval service, if he gets the passport soon he will have 10 years to 20, so that should be good enough to join up surely?
Judge_John said:

It's called a very flawed UK Immigration & Nationality Directorate!
Well not entirely - dont tar them all with the same brush....

the actual IO's & CIO's etc - those at the sharp end - have (had) known for years that the 'system' was hideously flawed and reaching it's critical mass (so to speak) but the politicians and powers that be in the civil service's ivory towers didnt want to hear.

Anything to do with Immigration was such a contentious issue that the politicians didnt want to deal with it and adopted the ostrich approach - the result was an already over-burdened and flawed system becoming even worse.

This meltdown and backlash against the immigration policy (or lack thereof) was predicted/expected by IND staff for ages - but no fecker 'in charge' would do anything about it.

To cite one issue that I found amusing recently is John Reid stating that he will bring it back on track and that we should have embarkation controls to help keep track of people & their movements - it was 'his lot' that scrapped embarkation controls in the first damn place, about 8 years ago!!

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