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I have just received a refusal of british citizenship

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Hello, I have just received a refusal of british citizenship application. I was accused of allowing my son to drive my car without insurance once to go to his college. 2 weeks disqualified from driving and a fine. is there any grounds for the appeal. i have in the uk since 2007 with no problems at all.


When were you convicted of the offence please?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
March 2016

Thanks. Did the matter proceed to Court?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
me and my son where charged in Ballymena Magistrate. I did mention that in my application form for citizenship


Thanks for your question. I will try to help.

Unfortunately, if you received the fine and sentence in court then it counts as a non-custodial offence.

This means that any application for naturalisation should normally be refused if you apply within 3 years of the conviction.

So, the application has been correctly rejected regrettably. There are not real grounds for appeal in a case like this because the law has been correctly applied by the caseworker.

This means that you will have to wait until Marcy 2019 before you apply again and ensure that you do not get any other convictions in the meantime.

I am sorry I could not have better news for you.

My goal is to provide you with a good service. If you feel you have received anything less, please reply back. Please remember to leave positive feedback using the stars at the top of the page.

Kind regards,


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you very much. At least you saved me from spending more money on appeal.

You're welcome. Good luck.