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He is Canadian so therefore not British.
You pay the 750 quid for the Visa, not to prove your British????
 

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Might as well pay for the test, I imagine lawyer fees will cost a lot more, even if he is doing that for the principle... He would probably still have to track down his grandfather's birth certificate etc for the court case
 

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i think the point is he's lived in UK for 50 years, served in RMC, worked for NHS etc and after giving all that to this country (more than most 'citizens...') he now has to pay £750 for visa to allow him to stay in UK. it's stypical of this government that someon like this faces that situation but hundreds get through that don't deserve to.
then again it is the daily mail.....
 

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Am curious about what Visa he has been living under so far???
How long did he serve???
Why didnt his parents get him a British passport when he was born???
My Wife is American and I had to pay 750 quid for her Visa too and Im a serving soldier.
Rules are rules Im afraid, However my son has both a UK and an American Passport. You cant complain if you didnt get your own admin sorted!
 

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true but it's wierd that he served in RMC, and has lived here working for 50 years so presumably has NI number and yet is still being asked to do this. i would have thought that 5 decades living in, working in and serving any country qualifies you to stay there and be considered a citizen
 

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If he has a NI number then he must have some kind of Visa???

Now does he want a Right to remain Visa 750 quid or does he want a passport???Why didnt his parents get him one when he was young and more to the point in the 50 years of living here why didnt he get one himself???
All of this stinks of either his bad admin or his refusal to give up his Canadian passport?

If the customs people picked this up at the airport/ferry port I would presume he didnt have a Visa stamp in his passport in the first place and has been living here Illegally since he left the Forces
 

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It doesn't matter what he's given to the country, even though its a great contribution, there is a legal process which has to be abided by.

I would have thought the situation would have counted for him though Having British parents and family all with British passports. And serving in the Armed Forces...I thought you needed at least British citizenship for that.
 

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