Our client was a British citizen resident in the Philippines since 2005. He married in 2011 and adopted his wife’s son. The adoption was done in the Philippines. It took close to two years and was completed in 2013. It was supervised by the social services in the Philippines and was carried out with competence and due diligence. At the time we were instructed to register the boy as a British citizen he was 17 years of age. It was his only chance to apply for British nationality.
Our client’s barrister in the Upper tribunal was Sonali Naik of Garden Court Chambers whose expertise, commitment and painstaking preparation was vital for the success of this case. The appellant was a Syrian national, currently resident in Egypt, who wished to visit her daughter’s family in the UK and who was denied a visitor’s visa due to political situation in Egypt and the war conflict in Syria.