About Path to Papers

About Path to Papers

Charities, parents and young people say that applying for citizenship can be very difficult – the information is complicated and it’s hard to know who to trust for help. There is no legal aid so free advice is hard to find. Path to Papers aims to help with:

It’s free to use, anonymous and confidential. You can find out more about our privacy policy and cookie policies.

Check status >


Who manages Path to Papers?

Path to papers is not connected to the Home Office or government. Path to Papers is run by Swarm, in collaboration with independent charities and professional lawyers.

Path to Papers is part of the Supported Options Initiative – a special initiative of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, delivered in partnership with Unbound Philanthropy. It encourages and supports innovation in helping children and young people with irregular immigration status in the UK to live full lives.

Coram Children's Legal CentreSwarm_Logopaul hamlynunbound-philanthropy

You can use the list of organisations who have been involved with Path to Papers to find local charities and legal centres who may be able to offer you support:

Find local citizenship support >


The information on this site is not advice

The information on this site is not legal advice. If you do have a legal problem you should talk to a lawyer or adviser before making a decision about what to do. The information on this page is written for people resident in, or affected by, the laws in the UK.

The information on this site is accurate up to the time is was last reviewed (you can check the footer on every page to see the last date). The information is meant as a guideline only and cannot replace legal advice. We would always recommend that you seek independent, quality legal advice from an immigration solicitor or an immigration adviser regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

Finding a lawyer >


What do you think of this website?

Path to Papers is an ongoing project. At the moment it’s in pilot (or beta). As more people use the site and give feedback the information and tools available will be developed and will hopefully be opened up to a wider group. If you have any feedback, good or bad, or would like to get more involved please get in touch.