- The United Kingdom will introduce stricter good character rules for foreign nationals applying for British citizenship
The United Kingdom (UK) government will introduce stricter good character rules for foreign nationals applying for British citizenship effective July 31, 2023. As a result, foreign nationals who have received at least a 12-month prison sentence for a serious crime will not be permitted to apply for citizenship.
In addition, the government will examine whether applicants for citizenship have observed UK law and shown respect for the rights and freedoms of British citizens. To do so, the government will require information on criminal convictions, immigration offenses, and severe behavior like war crimes, terrorism, or genocide.
What are the Changes?
On July 31, 2023, the government of the UK introduced stricter rules for foreign nationals applying for British citizenship. Previously, some foreign nationals holding criminal records were permitted to apply for citizenship after a certain number of years had passed since the end of their sentence.
Continue to check the government of the UK’s website for the latest updates and information.
Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Government of the United Kingdom