Get a half British student who has lived in the UK for 14 years British citizenship
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I am currently a 20 year old student who has lived in the UK since the early age of 6. My father is French and my mother is British, and I was born in France. Having always had a foot in both cultures, I am bilingual and studying both French and English literature at the University of Birmingham. I moved to the UK with my mother and sister when I was 6 years old after my parents' divorce. Despite having lived most of my life here and having a British mother, I am unable to acquire British citizenship. This is due to my mother being born outside of the UK, meaning that she is unable to pass on her citizenship to her children. Pre-Brexit, this wasn't an issue. My rights paralleled the rights of British citizens. However, as a labelled 'EU national', I am now under threat of losing my rights in this country, despite having built my life here, carrying out a 4 year degree in the country and having a British mother. The only pathway to acquiring British citizenship is through naturalisation. In order to start this application, however, I was required to apply for a permanent residency permit, which was unexpectedly rejected. This subsequently means that I am currently unable to proceed with my citizenship application. The refusal came down to the fact that during the 5 year period of residency in the UK that I evidenced to the Home Office, I didn't have comprehensive health insurance. Notably, this isn't a requirement for EU nationals in order to live and work in this country, however it is vital in order to be eligible for a residency permit. These aspects do not corroborate each other and highlight the futility of the requirement. It is also worth noting that this requirement was not brought to my nor many other EU nationals' attention. My sister, who is under 18, doesn't require a residency permit to apply for citizenship in this country. She, who is in the exact same situation as me, with the exact same roots, has met the requirements and has now acquired dual nationality, whilst my position in this country remains ambiguous. Ironically, somebody who has no British roots and was born in this country has more rights than somebody like me, who is half British and has lived here for the majority of their life. Moreover, non-EU citizens who have settled in Europe are then able to obtain a residency permit via the Surinder Singh immigration route, whilst I cannot. Having counted on the presumption that I will have become British before the implementation of Brexit, the rejection was a bombshell. I am now having to put my life on hold, in worry that my future in this country is not secure. In this light, I strongly feel that the Home Office are lacking consideration and criteria for rare situations like mine. This experience feels dehumanising - applications are viewed as numbers rather than individual cases. I am considered 'unBritish' despite British culture being engraved in my heritage. This is causing me and my family extreme concern and uncertainty regarding where my future stands. My aim is to raise awareness of such cases and speak out against the Home Office and their paradoxical, ambiguous criteria in the light of people in similar situations to mine. I would really appreciate your support in elevating this petition. Thank you.
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