Cao v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Nationality – British nationality. The claimant Chinese national sought judicial review of the defendant Secretary of State's decision to refuse her citizenship or naturalisation. The Administrative Court, in dismissing the application, held that, having been provided with three different dates of birth, the Secretary of State had been entitled to infer that she had been being intentionally misled, such that the claimant had lacked good character. Further, there was no detectable unfairness or irrationality in the conclusion that she had reached, or evidence of an inflexible or mechanical application of the relevant policy.

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