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Government announcement on settlement reforms

05 November 2010

The Home Secretary has outlined the government's approach to reform of the settlement rules, including a decision not to pursue the 'earned citizenship' policy.

Earned citizenship concerned the path to settlement and British citizenship, and was planned to come into force in July 2011. It will now not be introduced.

Outlining the government's approach to settlement reforms, the Home Secretary said:

'It is too easy, at the moment, to move from temporary residence to permanent settlement.

'We will not implement Labour's policy of earned citizenship, which was too complicated, bureaucratic and, in the end, ineffective.

'If people enter this country saying that they will only stay here temporarily, then it is obvious that they should only stay here temporarily.

'Working in Britain for a short period should not give someone the right to settle in Britain. Studying a course in Britain should not give someone the right to settle in Britain.'

We will make further announcements in due course. In the interim, the current rules and requirements for obtaining settlement and citizenship will remain in place.


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