A fee of £100 will be inaugurated by the UK Border Agency for reconsidering unsuccessful applications for naturalisation and British citizenship starting from 1 September 2010.
The Secretary of State has gained the authority to charge £100 for the review of naturalisation or registration as British citizen applications, which had been rejected previously, by the Regulation 33 of the Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) Regulation 2010.
As from 1 September 2010, any request for reconsideration made by an applicant must be sent along with a fee of £100. Applications that lack the required fee sent with them will not be reconsidered and will be returned.
However, the £100 fee will be maintained to cover administration costs if refusal of the application was confirmed. Nevertheless, in case of the initial decision on the application is thought to be mistaken resulting in the application being authorised, £20 will be refunded to the applicant whereas the remaining £80 will be kept to cover the charges of the citizenship ceremony.
In order to prevent being refused initially and paying £100 fee for reconsideration, the applicant whom status is of permanent residency in the UK must ensure that s/he is eligible and meets all the requirements prior to making a UK naturalisation application.