The UK is looking to increase the time required to become a permanent resident from five years to eight years.

Proposed Changes Could Extend Path to British Citizenship for Foreigners

In an effort to present a more stringent approach to immigration, the United Kingdom is considering implementing measures that would potentially lengthen the waiting period for foreigners seeking British citizenship. 

The Home Office officials are contemplating aligning the UK's policies more closely with those of other nations by extending the requirement of "continuous residence" from five years to eight years before granting indefinite leave to remain, which marks the initial step towards citizenship.


 

Furthermore, additional adjustments are under consideration, including mandating applicants to have worked or attended school in the UK for a minimum of two years, implementing stricter criteria for criminal records by demanding a conviction-free history spanning at least ten years, and eliminating the exemption for individuals over the age of 65 from knowledge tests about British life.

These potential changes follow the lead of Chancellor
Rishi Sunak, who has prioritized the reinforcement of immigration policies. In
a recent address to European leaders, Sunak emphasized that addressing
excessive migration should be a focal point on the international agenda.

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