Home Office >> It’s becoming tougher to get citizenship based on work visa

Under the British immigration rule, immigrants can permanently stay in the United Kingdom after 5 years of working. Yet this is still subject for application process and approval. According to the report presented at the website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/, there has been a decline work-related visa grants from 2010 to the end of June 2013.

In this report, it indicated that work-related visa grants to stay permanently was 12% fewer towards the end of June 2013. The number of applicants who were approved of work-related visas drastically fell from 92,176 in 2010 to 60,959 applicants towards the end of June 2013.

The statistical drop is quite alarming. This report shows that even if the immigrants have already worked for 5 years in United Kingdom, it is still not a guarantee that they can permanently stay and be granted with British citizenship.

The website http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/, provides detailed requirements for immigrants who wish to work in the United Kingdom and hopefully be granted with British citizenship.

In summary, there are different sets of requirements for non European Union immigrants, European Economic Area immigrants and Swiss immigrants. It must also be noted that work-based categories are part of United Kingdom’s point-based system for immigration.

For non European Union immigrants, workers are classified into the following categories: High-value, skilled workers, temporary workers, other categories, workers and business persons from Turkey and Commonwealth citizens with UK ancestry. Investors, entrepreneurs and highly or exceptionally talented people fall under the category of high-value. Skilled workers are described as immigrants with skilled jobs and there is a company that is willing to sponsor them. Temporary workers are welcome to apply if an employer is willing to sponsor an applicant. Domestic workers or representatives of overseas newspaper fall under the category of other categories.

It is already noted that non European Union immigrants have lower chances of being granted with a work-related visa. On a general level, the requirements are very stringent and they are almost quite impossible to meet. Aside from work-related visa requirements, there are other factors that needed to be considered before British citizenship can be granted. Those other two requirements that applicants have a challenging in meeting are passing the “Life in the UK Test” and being viewed as a person with “good moral character”. Applicants have repeatedly “Life in the UK Test”. Although the test can be taken several times, there is a fee that the applicant has to pay each time the test is taken. The “Good moral character” category is also another requirement that is difficult to meet. In 2012, failure to meet the “good moral character” requirement accounts for 37% of the decline reason for British citizenship.

If an applicant from a non European Union country is really persistent to work in the United Kingdom, he/she must be thoroughly prepared in every aspect of the application. The numbers are quite discouraging. Yet as long as an applicant has gathered accurate information and guided properly, he/she can still increase his/her chances of being granted with British citizenship.