London: The automatic right for non-European Union (EU) citizens including Indians to apply for a British passport after working in the UK for five years has been ended with the introduction of ‘probationary citizenship.’ Under this, they must demonstrate commitment to the country through voluntary work and integration.
The new proposals unveiled on Monday by the government goes a step further. Migrants will be awarded points based on the skills shortages in Britain and their earnings and qualifications.
Those awaiting citizenship will have to wait longer There is a double benefit in the requirements to demonstrate a commitment to Britain and a willingness to play a part in community life.
These will allow authorities to judge a person’s economic potential and contribution to society. Crucially, migrants will be helped to settle in, a particular challenge for people learning a new culture. Points may also be removed for “bad” behaviour.
Applicants will requre a total of 20 points to gain probationary citizenship either through the work route -- meeting the immigration rules (10 points) and passing knowledge of life in the UK or English language test (10 points).