Team Manager, Welfare and Employment Rights Servic, Leicester City Council, Leicester Member since 11th Feb 2004
Child benefit and birth certificates Fri 28-May-04 02:19 PM
We have a client who has a 7 yr old son living with her but who has only just come over from Africa, brought by another relative on their papers. The relative has since returned. Unfortunately she has no documentation for this child, no birth certificate or anything.
Some time ago she applied for Child Benefit but she appears to have been refused because of the lack of docs. What happens in these circs? IR can ask for any documents 'considered relevant to your claim' but what if no docs exist? Is she left with no CB/CTC forever?
Caseworker, North Kensington Law Centre - London Member since 26th Jan 2004
RE: Child benefit and birth certificates Thu 03-Jun-04 03:54 PM
If she is applying to regularise the child's stay in the UK, she will probably have to provide some evidence of identity for the Home Office. Her immigration solicitor (if she has one) might be addressing this issue also, and might be able to help.