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Immigration rules are "destroying" family

A woman from Welburn in North Yorkshire, who has lived in the region for more than 30 years, is being forced to take a test in order to become a British citizen.

Glenda Hyde was born in America but was adopted by a British couple and brought to the UK in 1974.

I was widowed in 2000 but I married my first husband without any problems and I've got a National Insurance number. It was only when I tried to marry again that I was told at the register office that I wasn't a British citizen because I had an American birth certificate. At one point I was even told by the Immigration Office that I could face deportation. But America don't recognise me as a US citizen either.

– Glenda Hyde

Glenda was told that because her parents didn't register her when she was a child, she has to go through the naturalisation process. That involves taking a 'Life in the UK' test to prove her right to live in this country. She says it has taken her months to revise for the 45 minute test, which includes multiple choice questions.

Here are some examples of the kinds of questions Glenda has been trying to memorise:

Great Britain was created in: a) 1677 b) 1687 c) 1697 d) 1707 *

How many members does the Northern Ireland Assembly have? a) 79 b) 108* c) 113 d) 129

Maiden Castle is in which county? a) Dorset* b) Cornwall c) Yorkshire

The test will cost Glenda around £900 a time. She has tried to take it once before but because she does not have photo identification, she couldn't. Glenda uses a wheelchair and suffers from seizures, which she says makes travelling to the test centre extremely difficult.

Glenda's local church did agree to carry out a marriage service for the couple, but she says the whole naturalisation process is taking a toll on her and her husband.

Ms Hyde is in the UK legally and is not at risk of any enforcement action. She recently submitted a naturalisation application which is currently being considered.

– Home Office