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Changes to Indefinite Leave to Remain

06 September 2009

According to the recently published ‘New Path to Citizenship’, after July 2011 the current Indefinite Leave to Remain will be replaced by a ‘permanent residence’. However, all naturalisation applications submitted prior to July 2011 will be decided under ‘the old rules’.

Additionally, there will be provisions to allow those with indefinite leave to remain and those who have submitted an ILR application prior to July 2011 to apply for British Citizenship under the current law for a period of two years from the date of commencement.

Under the new British Citizenship Immigration Act 2009 you applicants will require to spend either 6 or 8 years in the UK, depending on meeting the activity condition.

There will be specific rules in place for those who have a ‘family association’ to a British Citizen.


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