Jetesa's Citizenship

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by Rhiannon Copeland

A photo of Jetesa holding her citizenship certificate, standing next to a large picture of the Queen and in front of a large union flag.Jetesa is a Member in Lambeth. She arrived in the UK in the late 90s as a Kosovan refugee. She had indefinite leave to remain granted but always wanted British citizenship. One of the first things she said to me when I first met her was ‘I want a British passport’.

Unfortunately, financially it just wasn’t possible. It costs about £1,330 and Jetesa was often experiencing financial abuse. Jetesa also didn’t have any ID or a bank account.

As part of her support I worked with Jetesa to help her claim the PIP she was entitled to. A back payment from this was enough to cover the assessment fee and she was finally granted British citizenship! She had her ceremony in Lewisham in April. It went really well and Jetesa is so happy to have achieved this long term goal.

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