Reforms to British citizenship

On 2 October 2018, the Home Secretary Sajid Javid proposed reforms to the requirements of becoming a British citizen which include toughening English Language requirements and changes to the Life in the UK test.

The Life in the UK test was introduced as one of the mandatory requirements for Naturalisation applications on 1 November 2005 and for Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement) applications on 2 April 2007 with a purpose to prove that an applicant has sufficient knowledge of British life and proficiency in the English Language to qualify as a ‘British citizen’. Essentially, this is a computerised test which consists of 24 questions covering topics about British values, history, traditions and everyday life.

The test has been continently criticised for containing factual errors or merely being a “bad pub quiz” with focus on culture and history rather than on liberal, democratic or social values that bind the UK society together.

In his speech, Sajid Javid addressed that “not only will there be a new values test, but we will also strengthen the English language requirements for all new citizens”.

The Home Secretary also announced that those individuals, who have been convicted of the most serious criminal offences, where it is in the public interest, will be deprived of the British citizenship.

If you are concerned that the proposed changes might affect your future UK immigration applications, please do not hesitate to contact our immigration team.

Please note that the information on this page is for general purposes only and is not intended to replace legal advice.