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R (Al-Enein) v Home Secretary


[2019] EWCA Civ 2024; [2020] 1 WLR 1349; [2020] Imm AR 553; [2020] INLR 365
Dates of case
25.11.2019; [2020] 1 WLR 1349

An important Court of Appeal case upholding the lawfulness of the Secretary of State’s good character policy in connection with applications for naturalisation as a British citizen.

The Court (Flaux, Singh and Haddon-Cave LJJ) rejected the Appellant’s case that the policy was ultra vires the British Nationality Act, in that it required a 10-year period of compliance with principles of good character whereas the Act contemplated only 3 years.

The Court provided detailed guidance as to the true construction of the statutory scheme, holding that the Secretary of State has a broad discretion to define good character under the Act and that there was no reason why she could not impose an additional or extended requirement relating to breach of immigration law as properly being a matter relevant to the general question of good character.

Nicholas Chapman acted for the Home Secretary.

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