Immigration Law Update: R (on the application of Thayalan) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 746 (Ad

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The C's application for naturalisation was refused as the SSHD was not satisfied he is of good character, even though he had not committed criminal acts but had played an active role within the LTTE. The C's good character in the UK is relevant and 'good character redemption' cannot be ruled out for the future but, at present, C's previous conduct in Sri Lanka outweighed more recent events.  It was also claimed that the refusal failed to consider the best interests of the C's child, who is a British Citizen.  It was held that the child has all the benefits and advantages of British citizenship and the C holding a different nationality does not detract from this. 


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