‘I am British however I used to be refused a passport as a result of the Residence Workplace refused to imagine me’


Dominic Akers-Paul is preventing for compensation after the Residence Workplace questioned his proper to reside and work within the UK, leaving him with no passport from the age of 15 to 18

Dominic Akers-Paul was left stateless
Dominic Akers-Paul was left stateless

A person who was born and raised within the UK was refused a passport for 3 years, leaving him unable to work or journey overseas, as a result of the Residence Workplace did not imagine he was British.

Londoner Dominic Akers-Paul – who was a 15 when his passport utility was rejected – mentioned he could not tackle a part-time job, begin an apprenticeship, go on faculty journeys overseas or attend his grandma’s funeral in Ghana due to the blunder.

Dominic, who lives in Farringdon, is now 28-years-old however remains to be looking for a approach to struggle his Windrush compensation case after the Residence Workplace error. The engineer says he feels his life would have been completely different if the traumatic mistake didn’t happen.

Talking to MyLondon, he mentioned: “After I was 15 I utilized for my first passport as I received a youth competitors to go to America, it was all bills paid so I despatched my passport utility off. Three weeks later I obtained a letter saying ‘we do not imagine you are British so will not be issuing you with a passport.'”

The Residence Workplace mentioned there was no data to verify that his mum had settled standing.

Whereas rising up, Dominic didn’t have a passport as he claimed the Residence Workplace misplaced his mom’s touchdown card, leaving her unable to show her proper to stay within the UK, in response to correspondence seen by MyLondon.

Dominic added: “I assumed nicely I’ve not lived wherever else however the UK, so it should be a mistake and that was when the ordeal began.

“They weren’t certain I used to be British and we went again and fourth for years till 2011, after I was 18 and eventually obtained my first passport. They admitted it was a mistake however did not ask for forgiveness, they gave the passport however no apology.

Dominic Akers-Paul, pictured along with his mom, says his life may have been very completely different if he’d had a passport from the age of 15 to 18



“In 2019 I heard in regards to the Windrush scandal and I put my element ahead for the compensation, they admitted it was their error and their fault however nonetheless will not compensate me for important components e.g. not having the ability to work or journey.

“They’re providing the naked minimal, initially it was £3,000, then they upgraded to £40,000 however that solely covers a mid-level affect in life.

“Within the case notes for that it says it’s injury that’s brief time period lasting just a few weeks. However years of my life was taken.

“My grandma was buried in Grenada and I could not go, I could not go on faculty journeys or work. It should stick with me ceaselessly. We calculated I ought to get £29,000 for not having the ability to work between the ages of 16-18 part-time, regardless that a few of my buddies have been working from 15.”

In the course of the years Dominic didn’t have a passport, his buddies have been out shopping for new vehicles and getting part-time jobs, in addition to happening holidays. In the meantime, Dominic was alone preventing for his passport, which he says was only one portion of the battle.

Though you’ll be able to declare compensation for stress and psychological well being points brought on by the Residence Workplace error, the one approach to show it’s to have a letter out of your physician. Nevertheless, on the time of Dominic’s utility he says he was not made conscious of the medical proof required.

Dominic has rejected the Residence Workplace’s compensation provide of £40,000 saying it doesn’t cowl what he misplaced through the three years



Dominic, now a railway engineer, missed his grandma’s funeral in Ghana as he had no passport



As soon as they requested a medical letter on the ultimate compensation evaluate, upon sending it, Dominic was informed by the Residence Workplace it’s too late “for any new supporting proof to be thought of”.

Greater than 10 years on since Dominic obtained his passport he has been battling for compensation for his lack of earnings.

He says that the Residence Workplace has informed him to take the £40,000 or go away it and attraction once more.

Nevertheless, as soon as he accepts the provide he can’t change his thoughts or take it to courtroom.

“In the intervening time I’ve exhausted all routes on provide, so long as I do not settle for there’s all the time an opportunity of that authorized route, if somebody presents pro-bono for Windrush compensation, or if the Authorities adjustments their guidelines,” he mentioned.

“I’ve despatched a mathematical breakdown however the scheme says to assert compensation for not having the ability to work, you want a letter to show they will not rent you with out paperwork.”

The problem with proving Dominic couldn’t be employed with out paperwork is that a whole lot of work locations is not going to have a look at your utility when you tick a field that claims you don’t have a passport, says Dominic.

Though he’s now a certified railway engineer, he says he can not help however suppose he was left with no choice however to go to college as he didn’t have the paperwork to use for an apprenticeship.

Dominic mentioned: “If I had my passport at 15 I might have left faculty at 16 and did an apprenticeship route, the additional 10 years may have modified my engineering profession, the lawyer had put that in writing saying I needed to keep in sixth kind after which college – however the Residence Workplace mentioned I went to college so there was no loss to me, regardless that it was by power and never by alternative.”

The Londoner has not accepted the Residence Workplace provide of £40,000 and is ready for a possibility to struggle his case additional.

A spokesperson for the Residence Workplace mentioned: “We proceed to course of claims beneath the Windrush Compensation scheme which has now paid out greater than £40.5 million throughout 1,037 claims, with an extra £8.2 million supplied, awaiting acceptance or pending evaluate.

“The Residence Workplace’s compensation provide to Mr Akers-Paul’s has been upheld by two separate opinions.”

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