UK Citizenship Help

About Me

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.


 

NEW APPLICATION FORMS FROM 1 JULY 2013

The UKBA have published updated application forms for visa applications across all tiers of the points based system. The new forms should be used for all relevant applications from 1 July 2013 onwards.

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:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 1 (Investor)
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Priority)
  • Tier 2 (Priority Dependant)
  • Tier 2 (Main Applicant)
  • Tier 4 (General)
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)
  • PBS Dependant application form for dependants of Tier 1, 2 and 5 migrants
  • PBS Dependant application form for dependants of Tier 4 migrants.

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:

  • BR1 (registration certificate)
  • BR2 (highly skilled)
  • BR3 (accession worker card)
  • BR4 (family accession worker card)
  • BR5 (residence card)
  • BR6 (family member residence card)
  • CR1 (blue or yellow registration certificate)
  • CR2 (highly skilled)
  • CR3 (purple registration certificate)
  • CR4 (residence card)
  • CR5 (family member residence stamp)
  • EEA1 (registration certificate)
  • EEA2 (residence card)
  • EEA3 (permanent residence)
  • EEA4 (permanent residence)

Life in the UK Test

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

New Life in the UK test 2013 (3rd edition): what you need to know

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:

  • Early Britain
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Tudors and Stuarts
  • A global power
  • The 20th century
  • Britain since 1945

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 development of British democracy
  • The British constitution
  • The government
  • The UK and international institutions
  • Respecting the law
  • Fundamental principles
  • Your role in the community
  • 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.

Chapters

  • 1. The Values and Principles of the UK
  • 2. What is the UK?
  • 3. A Long and Illustrious History
  • 4. A Modern, Thriving Society
  • 5. The UK Government, the Law and Your Role

FACTS

  • 11,500 words longer than previous
  • 210 dates to remember (vs. 30 previously)
  • 24 multiple-choise questions
  • 45 minutes

UK Citizenship

Benefits

Obtaining British citizenship is a goal and a dream for many people around the world. British citizenship has a lot to offer. Here are what you can expect once you become a British citizen.
The right to live permanently in the UK - You can freely move to the U.K. and enjoy the benefits of settlement, including the ability to purchase property work, open a bank account, marry in the U.K. and more.
Free medical care - The UK National Health Service began in 1948, and is one of the largest organisations in Europe. It provides all UK residents with free healthcare and treatment.
No work restrictions - UK citizens do not need to apply for any work permits. They have access to all the government job search services and unemployment allowances.
Stable society and economy - The Pound is a fairly strong and reliable currency. The UK economy is quite resilient even in a period of world financial crisis. The UK has a stable government and a moderate population, where discrimination and sexual harassment for example are illegal.
Receiving a British passport and unrestricted entry to the UK - Once you get British citizenship, you can apply for a UK passport. That means you will no longer be subject to immigration controls. Don’t get lured by certain agencies or websites who pretend that they can get you a British passport. In fact, they absolutely cannot speed up the process for you. You should just apply directly with the UK government’s Identity and Passport Service (IPS), as the process is not difficult. All citizens (aged 16 and over) applying for a passport for the first time must attend an interview with IPS in person to confirm their identity.
The right to vote - All UK-born and naturalised citizens have full civic rights, including the right to vote in a parliamentary, local or European election. This gives you a voice in the governing of the country. To vote, you must have your name on the register of electors, known as the electoral register.
Standing for office - Most citizens of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over can stand for public office. There are some exceptions and these include members of the armed forces, civil servants and people found guilty of certain criminal offenses.
European Union - The British citizenship gives you the advantages of being a European Union (EU) citizen. For example, you will be allowed to travel and work anywhere in the EU without any special work permits or travel permits..