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UK Home Secretary Theresa May is reported to be planning changes to the test taken by foreign nationals who wish to become British citizens, according to the Sunday Times and BBC.

The Life in the United Kingdom test was introduced by the former Labour Government in 2005 for migrants seeking UK naturalisation and indefinite leave to remain (permanent residency).

The Sunday Times says immigrants will be told “historically the UK is a Christian country”.

The revised version will focus less on the practicalities of daily living in Britain and require more knowledge of British history and achievements.

The paper says immigrants will also have to learn the first verse of the national anthem before they can become UK citizens.

Mrs May is understood to have scrapped sections of the test which dealt with claiming benefits and the Human Rights Act.

Instead potential immigrants will be expected to learn about Byron, the Duke of Wellington, Shakespeare and other historical and cultural figures.

The new version of the handbook, expected to be issued in the autumn, will include sections about key battles, such as Trafalgar, and British inventions and discoveries.

A Home Office spokesperson told the BBC: “Putting our culture and history at the heart of the citizenship test will help ensure those permanently settling can understand British life allowing them to properly integrate into our society.”

The handbook is the basis of a 45-minute test which potential citizens can take at one of 90 centres around the UK.

Sultana Razia, who came to the UK from Bangladesh five years ago, has already failed the test once in her quest to become a British citizen.

“If you want to live here, you have to know all the information – all the rules and the way of living here and the culture here,” she told BBC News.

“The test is important, it’s quite hard but it’s important.”

But Habib Mirza, who runs citizenship courses at BSGS College, in Whitechapel, east London, said proposed changes would represent “a massive barrier for anybody who wants to settle down in the United Kingdom, the vast majority of whom cannot speak English anyway”.

“People who do speak English, who are born and brought up here, we would find it very, very difficult to pass so how will they pass?”

And he said asking people from non-Christian backgrounds to learn the National Anthem “might be against their religious beliefs, it might be against their personal beliefs” and it was therefore “unfair”. Source: BBC.

What do you think?

Is it ‘unfair’ to be expected to learn the National Anthem of the country in which you want to become a naturalised citizen?

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  2. Many other countries have similar rules when applying for Naturalisation. Do you think Australia or the USA will bend the rules because a migrant thinks it’s unfair to sing the National Anthem or learn English?

  3. For heavens sake!! If you want to naturalize into a country do you expect the country to abide by your own rules or you abide by the country rules… If you don’t want to abide by the UK rules then its simple, don’t naturalize… Go back to your own country…. As for me I think it’s a great idea… If you feel it’s against your religion and believe to learn the first verse and also know that the UK is a Christian country, then again, it’s very simple, go back to your country where you did have all the rights and privileges you need to practice your own religion and rights…. Will I come into your home begging for a bed to sleep on and then still tell you how to run your own home???

  4. EUCHARIA says :

    I am not yet a British but I think it is very necessary that whosoever that wants to become British, should be able recite at least the first stanza of their National Anthem, there is nothing like being against someone’s belief. Being British is not compulsory, therefore, if you want to be British, you will believe in what they believe in , it is as simple as that.

  5. Violets says :

    It’s unfair to learn British rule. And yet the British citizen people they don’t know nothing about there country and don’t even know how to sing there national antem…what they should do let automatic cetizenship the people that atready been marriage and stay for 15 years ….

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  7. Jarek P. says :

    I don’t think that is unfair or against beliefs learn National Anthem–what is unfair?
    If you wanna live here, be citizen of this country, you should know it the best.

  8. paul mccue says :

    An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

    I wouldn’t mind having foreign nationals take the test so long as those citizens who have been born here get to take the same test and suffer the same repercussions. Pass the test or get sent back to where you came from – and since Africa is considered by most scientists to be the birthplace of mankind, I would suggest any British citizen who does not pass the test be transported on the first available plane to the African country of his/her choice, given £50 and wished the best of luck. And why stop at the first verse of the national anthem? (and as far as I am aware it is not the official national anthem anyway – just because it’s sung at football stadiums don’t make it so – visit Wales + Scotland if in doubt) Why not have everybody learn all the verses? And as for regurgitating important figures/dates in British (read: Imperial Britain) history is laughable. What relevance does such knowledge have (other than scoring points at pub quizzes and Trivial Pursuit) for a nation struggling with an economic meltdown (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise), an unfair school system, post code health care and child poverty on the scale we haven’t seen since the Victorian Age. No one likes spongers. And one would have thought a country which purports to being the world’s bedrock of democracy could come up with something more meaningful and relevant than a glorified pub quiz.

    What seems to have been missed by those whose only concern is to placate our country’s narrow-minded bigots is that we are all immigrants. As an island country how could it be otherwise? And as for those who come to our shores today – all they are wanting is to share in all that has made Great Britain great. Learning a load of information any 8 year old could find on Wikipedia demeans us as a nation. We are better than that. We have fought wars (and won) and beaten back tyrants whose only purpose was to force others into submission.

    It distresses me that I live in a country that says one thing and does another. I have lived in a number of countries throughout the world and believe me they don’t hold a candle to Britannia. But for God’s sake (and while I’m on the subject of God – insisting that those who wish to make their home here remember that we are a Christian country when less than 10% of it’s population attend a Christian service on a regular basis simply beggars belief) don’t demean all that this wonderful land stands for by keeping out those who seek a better life. By all means insist on some form of commitment from those wishing to remain/work/pay taxes here. But don’t turn it into a public school boy’s test. There are huge tracks of land in this country – and if figures are to be believed, nearly 95% of the undeveloped countryside in Britain belongs (and it has done so for hundreds of years) to 5% of the population. We are a rich country. We don’t need ghettos. What we need is are visionaries in public office. Visionaries who can help reshape what we are to become in this century and the next… and the one after that.
    So PLEASE! Abandon this folly. And as far as a working command of the English language – make it something people want to do – not have to do. To paraphrase what they used to say in Wales – incomers: try to learn our ways + language / Welshman (and women): help the learners.
    Britain is only as strong as the sum of its parts. We owe a great deal to those who have washed up on our shores looking to improve their own lifes and in the process make ours a richer place to live. Read your history books if you don’t believe me.
    DON’T throw away the one good thing this country has to offer: its diversity.
    You do so at your peril.

    ps – and for anyone under the misconception that English will forever be the language of trade and commerce – just consider how many Chinese speaking people there are.

  9. paul mccue says :

    An Open Letter to the Prime Minister

    I wouldn’t mind having foreign nationals take the test so long as those citizens who have been born here get to take the same test and suffer the same repercussions. Pass the test or get sent back to where you came from – and since Africa is considered my most scientists to be the birthplace of mankind, I would suggest any British citizen who does not pass the test be transported on the first available plane to the African country of his/her choice, given £50 and wished the best of luck. And why stop at the first verse of the national anthem? (and as far as I am aware it is not the official national anthem anyway – just because it’s sung at football stadiums don’t make it so – visit Wales + Scotland if in doubt) Why not have everybody learn all the verses? And as for regurgitating important figures/dates in British (read: Imperial Britain) history is laughable. What relevance does such knowledge have (other than scoring points at pub quizzes and Trivial Pursuit) for a nation struggling with an economic meltdown (and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise), an unfair school system, post code health care and child poverty on the scale we haven’t seen since the Victorian Age. No one likes spongers. And one would have thought a country which purports to being the world’s bedrock of democracy could come up with something more meaningful and relevant than a glorified pub quiz.

    What seems to have been missed by those whose only concern is to placate our country’s narrow-minded bigots is that we are all immigrants. As an island country how could it be otherwise? And as for those who come to our shores today – all they are wanting is to share in all that has made Great Britain great. Learning a load of information any 8 year old could find on Wikipedia demeans us as a nation. We are better than that. We have fought wars (and won) and beaten back tyrants whose only purpose was to force others into submission.

    It distresses me that I live in a country that says one thing and does another. I have lived in a number of countries throughout the world and believe me they don’t hold a candle to Britannia. But for God’s sake (and while I’m on the subject of God – insisting that those who wish to make their home here remember that we are a Christian country when less than 10% of it’s population attend a Christian service on a regular basis simply beggars belief) don’t demean all that this wonderful land stands for by keeping out those who seek a better life. By all means insist on some form of commitment from those wishing to remain/work/pay taxes here. But don’t turn it into a public school boy’s test. There are huge tracks of land in this country – and if figures are to be believed, nearly 95% of the undeveloped countryside in Britain belongs (and it has done so for hundreds of years) to 5% of the population. We are a rich country. We don’t need ghettos. What we need is are visionaries in public office. Visionaries who can help reshape what we are to become in this century and the next… and the one after that.
    So PLEASE! Abandon this folly. And as far as a working command of the English language – make it something people want to do – not have to do. To paraphrase what they used to say in Wales – incomers: try to learn our ways + language / Welshman (and women): help the learners.
    Britain is only as strong as the sum of its parts. We owe a great deal to those who have washed up on our shores looking to improve their own lifes and in the process make ours a richer place to live. Read your history books if you don’t believe me.
    DON’T throw away the one good thing this country has to offer: its diversity.
    You do so at your peril.

  10. Luis Ferreira says :

    I cannot agree less with Habib! Come on, you certainly can not expect people to come in the UK and spend their lives not knowing the language! It should be compulsory! I can understand the issue around the Anthem, but we should not involve religious believes when not happy with something!

  11. pauline says :

    What if you fall in love with someone on benefit and you are a student not allowed to work, with the new rules are you telling me i am not allowed my rights to marry that person because we are not working. what about family life do i have to choose to be single because of the law.These are the reasons why people committ suicide as the laws choose how one should live their life it is not fair, one can only marry if you are working?

  12. Soledas says :

    No, it is not unfair.Those that want to settle have to learn not only the anthem but also every other aspect of living in the UK. Mostly they should be aware that this is a Christian country and they have to observe Christianity faith. At work we have an employee that had overstayed her visa and now waiting to be naturalized. She has for over 7 years told lies and paid faulse cerificates. Such people shouldn’t be allowed to stay.

  13. Raquael says :

    Aren’t immigrants meant to be tested on how they will live in the country, what they are expected to do and how to behave. Rather than study about people that not even most of the UK citizens know themselves! How will this help them exactly??

  14. Raquael says :

    I think it’s stupid! I am a British citizen and the only thing I know about on the list is Shakespeare. Most British citizens wouldn’t have a clue about those things, and when is the national anthem even used by us and how many of us know it….. Let alone immigrants. Britain hasn’t got culture… It’s not that interesting.

  15. Hi Sharanjit

    If you are the old tier 2 system as a student you will not be able get a new visa with same conditions.
    You have to be in full time study now, you can’t
    work at all now.

    You should have herd some from the UKBA by now
    you can stay here until the UKBA decide on your case.

    But you can’t work at all now

  16. Is it ‘unfair’ to be expected to learn the National Anthem of the country in which you want to become a naturalised citizen?- It is not unfair to learn the National Anthem of the country in which you want to become a naturalised citizen. You want to be naturalised, so you have to abide by the rules of this country. It is not the country who will follow your rules but you who would want to be naturalised should and must follow and respect their requirements.

  17. Syed Shah says :

    Hi, if we just adhere strictly with the time frame, I am sure this would be fine.

  18. Syed Shah says :

    Hello, according to my opinion this is a healthy sign if we know more about the country we want to intend the citizen. This would be in our best interest to have an adequate knowledge to have a comfortable life style.

  19. ANONYMOUS says :

    UNFAIR!!!

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  21. hi my college is blacklisted last year i submit file in ukba to get a visa of new college 4 months has passed but there is no any response came can u tell me how long i need to wait for my new visa?

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