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    Dear All,

    I am a British citizen by descent and I am a mother of one year old triplets and a three year old which were all born abroad (not in UK). I brought my children on a 6 month visit visa to UK; consulted a lawyer which advised me that I would be eligible to apply for their British passports straightaway. When I did those applications were refused.
    I consulted a second lawyer which advised me to apply for registration using form MN 1 which may allow them to exercise discretionary power in favour of my children which unfortunately were also refused stating that I am a British citizen by descent under section 4C, have not resided here for three years continuously and my children were not born in the UK. They did not give me a right to appeal and in the meantime my children's visit visas have expired. I spent around £3500 in lawyer and application fees without anything to show for it.
    I have been reading up on the FLR (O) option and thought that I can try applying for my children under this. Like I mentioned, I am British myself and I refuse to leave the country and feel that its an infringement of my rights if I am being forced to go back when I don't want to. Also, I am a mother of four children all 3 and under, and I find it impossible to take care of them on my own in my own country. My entire family is British and lives in the UK and is supporting me fully in taking care of my children. My husband, resides in Saudi Arabia and is supporting me and my kids fully and is also willing to come to this country once his work contract there is over.

    Please guide me if this route would be suitable for me and can this be done properly without a lawyer representing me? I really cannot afford to pay anymore to them. Also, if anyone has received their DL through form FLR (o), can you please tell me of what documents would be supportive and what laws were cited in your case?
    I don't think the Zambrano case applies in my case since my children are not British, I am but please clarify. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks

  • #2
    What is your connection with Thailand ? If the answer, is as I suspect, none, then this forum cannot help you.

    The only advice would be to tell you to seek help from an OISC registered Immigration Advisor immediately.
    Last edited by -Keith-; 3 Sep 2013, 18:58.
    If you're offended by any assistance I give, it says far more about you than it does me.

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    • #3
      I'm afraid this forum is only equipped to provide assistance in relation to Thai/British situations.

      With respect to the apparently negligent advice you may have received from at least one solicitor I would recommend contacting the Law Society to make a formal complaint and to seek compensation.

      I wish you good luck.
      Tobias - โทเบียส
      It’s better to be 6 feet apart than to be 6 feet under.

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      • #4
        in the meantime my children's visit visas have expired. I spent around £3500 in lawyer and application fees without anything to show for it...

        I am British myself and I refuse to leave the country and feel that its an infringement of my rights if I am being forced to go back when I don't want to.

        Also, I am a mother of four children all 3 and under, and I find it impossible to take care of them on my own in my own country.

        My entire family is British and lives in the UK and is supporting me fully in taking care of my children.

        My husband, resides in Saudi Arabia and is supporting me and my kids fully and is also willing to come to this country once his work contract there is over.
        On the positive side as Tobias says I would report to the Law society and especially in the case of the first solicitor it seems like they gave very bad advice unless they were not informed/misinformed about British by Descent and that your children were born abroad.

        Also with lacking information above about the Thai association and the nationality of your husband/country of origin, could it be your husband is British (not by descent) and if he is the father of all the children then that would make them British by descent (taking your situation out of the equation) and therefore the situation would change to all of your advantage.

        On the negative side your situation and expectations IMHO make things worse for everyone and you and your husband really need to address things properly so that you are not abusing system to the detriment of yourself, children, system and future applicants and your own applications. How is your husband hoping to get a visa once his work contract is over unless he is British and doesn't need one?

        What makes it impossible to take care of them in "your own country on your own" and is that Thailand?

        Wish you luck, but feel you'll need more than that if you carry on the existing situation.

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