Citizenship

The Home Secretary, Teresa May, made a speech today in which she said that the Government will not implement the earned citizenship proposals. However, it appears that they are determined to stop people settling, so those can apply for settlement and citizenship should do so as soon as they are eligible.
The Home Secretary, Teresa May, made a speech today in which she said that the Government will not implement the earned citizenship proposals. However, it appears that they are determined to stop people settling, so those can apply for settlement and citizenship should do so as soon as they are eligible. More when we have it.

Previously (10.03.10): The UK government is changing the way that migrants progress to British citizenship and aim for the new system of 'earned citizenship', which includes a stage of 'probationary citizenship', to come into force in July 2011.

If you have refugee status or humanitarian protection you will be allowed to apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) and British citizenship under the current rules if your initial five-year permission to stay here will end between August 2010 and the date when the 'earned citizenship' system comes into force.

If your application for settlement is successful, you will then be able to apply for British citizenship provided that you make this application before July 2013 and you meet the relevant requirements.

If you have refugee status or humanitarian protection and your initial permission to stay will expire after the earned citizenship system comes into force (scheduled for July 2011), you will need to apply for probationary citizenship and not indefinite leave to remain.

The UK Border Agency are working towards a points-based-system in which they can raise or lower the threshold for settlement depending on the UK's current needs and interests and will explain the application forms and evidence required in the coming months.

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