Hi, My wife was on benefit and then she got an offer at Univeristy to do Nursing, in 2004. After getting an offter, she failed to inform the local authoririty about her changes and kept on receiving benefit together with the school bursary. Later. In July 2006, she applied for a British Citizenship. In November 2007, she went to court and was convicted and given 2 years suspended sentence. Immediately, she started paying back the money. In December 2007, the law about the benefit fraud changed. Recently, i,e one week ago, she received a letter from UK Border, refusing her the British Citizenship, on good character ground citing that she failed to mention about the unspent conviction. But the time she applied in 2006, there was no conviction. The only time she got the chance to disclose that, was, when she was applying for no limit stamp in her passport on 18 July 2008. My question is, can she be punished by 2007 law, when there was no conviction yet/ or she can only be punished by laws before that? And what the law before the one of 2007 say about benefit cheat? Many thanks
I do understand that it was a serious crime, but can you give me some guidance? What does the law say about the same crime before 2007. Because, I believe, in my opinion, the law the case worker applied to my wife case was the new law instead of applying the old one.
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