The Residence Workplace has apologised for telling a person who has lived in Britain his whole life that he should depart the nation or face the prospect of jail.
Shane Ridge, 21, of Colne in Lancashire, acquired a letter informing him he had “no lawful foundation to be within the UK” based on the federal government division’s information.
Mr Ridge was left mystified as a result of all of his family members are British residents.
The Residence Workplace mentioned it had now apologised to him for its mistake.
‘Go away UK instantly’
The issue arose due to confusion in regards to the standing of Mr Ridge’s mom, who was born in Australia whereas the household was residing there for a short while.
Residence Workplace officers had failed to determine that his maternal grandmother was British, and his mom had twin nationality.
Mr Ridge mentioned the letter, acquired on 17 August, appeared to have been prompted after he handed a UK driving take a look at earlier this yr.
It warned Mr Ridge he was liable to shedding his driving licence and suggested him to “take steps to go away the UK instantly” or face attainable prosecution, a nice of as much as £5,000 and 6 months imprisonment.
Mr Ridge, who works as a welder, mentioned it was an extra blow as a result of he had beforehand had an utility for a British passport rejected.
‘Routinely a British citizen’
As an alternative, he was confusingly urged to use for “proper of abode”, a standing that will give him the suitable to reside within the UK and journey out and in of its borders.
“It has been every week of hell,” Mr Ridge mentioned.
“They’ve mentioned they may kind issues out and I can get a British passport, however they have not given me quite a lot of info and I nonetheless really feel at nighttime about what’s occurred.
“I’ve lived right here all my life and pay tax and nationwide insurance coverage. It is ridiculous.”
The Residence Workplace has since reviewed its information and a spokeswoman mentioned: “We’ve got now established that Mr Ridge is mechanically a British citizen.
“We’ve got spoken with Mr Ridge to apologise for this error and the misery brought about.
“When Mr Ridge utilized for proper of abode, we didn’t establish that his maternal grandmother was British and that in consequence his mom had settled standing within the UK on the time of his start.”