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UK earned citizenship provisions: commerce and transitional arrangements

The Bill was read the third time in the Parliament on 14 July 2009.

The Minister for Borders and Immigration Phil Woolas:

... I told the Committee that I would return to the issue.The original clause 39 was found not to be acceptable. Itrust that Government amendment 17, tabled in thename of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, alongside assurances that I intend to give the House will address the concerns raised by hon. Members about transitional arrangements. I am also announcing today that, as part of our package of transitional measures, we have decided that to give those who are currently inthe UK on a route to settlement time to adjust to the new system,we will allow the earned citizenship provisions to commence in July 2011.

... New clause 7 attempts to reinstate much of the old clause 39. It would provide for a one-year period after commencement in which migrants may apply for indefinite leave to remain or for citizenship under the current rules.

... We have also made it clear that people who already have indefinite leave to remain when the earned citizenship provisions commence, and people who apply for ILR before the provisions commence and whose application is successful,will be eligible to apply for citizenship under the current system, provided that they apply within two years of commencement.

Online source: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/chan111.pdf

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