Hi, my name is Dal, and I'm a Canadian who is living and working in the UK. In my journey to settle in the UK, I've been through trials and tribulations. My goal is to help others in their journey to UK settlement and citizenship - from passing the citizenship test (Life in the UK Test) to successful applications to the UK Home Office / UK Border Agency.
The new forms should be used for all applications made on or after 1 July 2013, although the UKBA will accept applications made on the old forms until 22 July 2013. It should be noted that whichever version of an application form you use your application will be considered under the Immigration Rules as of 1 July 2013. Some minor changes to the Immigration Rules came into effect on this date.
Applications submitted on or after 1 July (other than on the BR2, BR3 or BR4) must be accompanied by the new fee. Applications submitted with the incorrect fee will not be accepted.
New forms have been published for applications made from inside the UK in the following categories:
There is also a new form in the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Endorsement category for applications from outside the UK.
There are also other assorted forms which have been updated. These are:
It has been updated to provide the reader with a more accurate reflection of living in the UK, with a greater focus on British culture and history. The handbook is user-friendly and has taken on board feedback from the user evaluation survey, the public and other interested parties. - UKBA
From 25 March 2013, people seeking permanent residence in the UK or naturalisation as a British citizen will have to pass a new updated Life in the UK test.
The new test is based on a new revised handbook called Life in the UK: A Guide for New Residents (3rd edition). The new handbook has been updated to give people a more accurate image of life in the UK, with a greater focus on British culture and history.
The first chapter talks about the values and principles of the UK and how to become a permanent resident or citizen of the UK.
The second chapter, called What is the UK?, is a very short one describing the different countries that make up the UK.
The third chapter called A Long and Illustrious History is by far the longest chapter in this new handbook. The previous test did not cover very much of the UK history. But this new chapter covers the entire UK history from the Stone Age to the 2010 coalition government. It describes in details, for example, the Middle Ages, The Tudors and Stuarts period, and the First and Second World War. Most of the Kings and Queens of Britain are talked about, and special descriptions have been written about prominent British figures such as William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill or Margaret Thatcher. This chapter also describes the main wars that Britain has been involved in over the centuries, from the battles against the Vikings to the latest conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here is the chapter content:
The last chapter, called The UK Government, the Law and Your Role, gives information on government, democracy, the legal system and how people can contribute to their community. In this chapter, a great emphasis is given on the responsibilities as well as privileges of living in the UK. The chapter content is as follow:
The new handbook testable content (which is the whole book except the glossary) is about 11,500 words longer than the previous handbook testable content. In addition, this new handbook has now about 210 dates to remember (as opposed to only about 30 for the previous handbook). So the new handbook has much more information to learn.
Like the old Life in the UK test, the new test consists of 24 multiple-choice questions that you will have to answer in 45 minutes.