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British citizenship reforms

8 October 2018

There are a number of different ways to apply for British Citizenship depending on your circumstances, however all applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of English and must pass the “Life in the UK Test”. At present, to prove knowledge of English the applicant must either:

Following an announcement last week, the Government have proposed reforms to the Citizenship application process, including tougher English language requirements and proposed reform to the already difficult Life in the UK Test. 

The Home Secretary has announced that there is to be a consultation on the Life in the UK Test and if reforms take place the test is likely to give greater prominence to British values and will ensure it is more relevant to daily life and culture in the UK. The reforms to the English Language test requirement will include an increase to the level of proficiency expected for adults, and may, for a number of applicants, therefore make it more difficult to meet the eligibility requirements.

It is likely that more information in respect of these reforms will be published soon. We will update you once we are made aware of this.

Written by Helen Taylor and Natalie Fuller

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