New arrangements for ‘Earned Citizenship’

As planning for the implementation of ‘earned citizenship’ continues, transitional arrangements have been approved for migrants who will be on the journey to British Citizenship when the scheme rolls out in July 2011. Below is a summary of the agreements:

A migrant who has already been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain before or on the date when ‘earned citizenship’ is introduced will not be required to pay, or apply, to be a considered a ‘permanent resident’. This will occur automatically. The individual will be able to apply for British citizenship under the current rules if they apply within the first two years of the scheme’s commencement.

A migrant who applies for Indefinite Leave to Remain before the date when ‘earned citizenship’ is introduced, and has their application subsequently approved will be able to apply for British citizenship under the current rules within the first two years of the scheme’s roll out.

Migrants on the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) should not be affected by the new scheme. Individuals will be able to apply for and be granted Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Immigration Rules that were in place at the time of their HSMP application.

Originally, the ‘earned citizenship’ scheme was due to be implemented at the beginning of 2011. The UKBA has now postponed this and earned citizenship will be introduced in July 2011. Consequently, a greater number of migrants already in the UK will be able to adjust to the new system and should have time to apply for ILR under the current rules.