You are here

Ex-British diplomat: My T&T-born son was denied UK passport

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Arthur Snell

Former British High Commissioner to T&T Arthur Snell’s baby son was initially denied a United Kingdom (UK) passport because he was born in Trinidad and Tobago.

Snell made the revelation in a series of tweets and published in the UK’s The Independent yesterday, even as UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the Home Office continued to be criticised over threats to deport British residents and their descendants who arrived in England as the Windrush generation before 1973.

Snell tweeted he left felt “powerless and nervous” after the Home Office initially refused to grant a passport to his newborn in 2011, who was born in T&T. Snell, who served as High Commissioner to T&T from 2011 to 2014, said this resulted in his child being rendered “stateless” as he was also ineligible for Trinidadian citizenship.While Snell said he was able to “quickly resolve” the issue, he said it illustrated a “cultural priority within the Home Office to reject wherever possible.”

The UK Government recently apologised to children of the Windrush generation and is moving to regularise their status.



User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment writer and are not representative of Guardian Media Limited or its staff.

Guardian Media Limited accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.

Guardian Media Limited reserves the right to remove, to edit or to censor any comments.

Any content which is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will be removed.

Before posting, please refer to the Community Standards, Terms and conditions and Privacy Policy

User profiles registered through fake social media accounts may be deleted without notice.