The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has announced important changes to the “Knowledge of Life in the UK” requirement for settlement (ILR) applications.
The full announcement reads:
Applications for settlement, in certain categories require the applicant to demonstrate that the Knowledge of Life in the UK (KOL) requirement has been met, before settlement can be granted. Currently settlement applications that meet all the relevant requirements except KOL are automatically considered for a grant of limited leave in the same category. The difference in the fee between the settlement application and the cost of an extension of stay is refunded.
From 31 March 2009 this arrangement will be coming to an end. Settlement applications submitted on or after this date in categories requiring KOL that do not meet this condition will be refused. Applicants will not have their fee refunded.
People will still be able to extend their stay if they do not meet the KOL requirement when their leave comes to an end. However, from 31 March 2009 they will need to ensure that they apply specifically for limited leave on the relevant form, rather than submitting a settlement application.
You can obtain full details on the requirements for KOL/Life in the UK requirements on the Knowledge of Life section of the UKBA.
The Government has recently announced tough new proposals for citizenship as part of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill currently going through Parliament. Proposals include a longer period to wait for a British passport and “Earned Citizenship”.
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