Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Everything You Want to Know About Getting British Citizenship


Did you know that applicants for British citizenship typically shell out £5-10K in preparation fees and bills? In addition, they have to pay £5 for the required oath!

That's just the financial side of the immigration process. The testing side is also quite complex, including a "Life in the UK" examination.

Over at the BBC, you can take 12 of the citizenship questions. (I scored 50% pulling out some hidden literature and geography knowledge.) I'm going to flag this test in case I end up teaching comparative immigration law at some point. It would be great to have American students take it!

The format of the "Life in the UK" test is currently under review, and Mark Easton, a BBC Home editor, wants folks to think about whether citizenship is too expensive and whether the test is getting at the the true core of what it takes to become British. He focuses on the concept of what makes a good citizen in the sense of civic rights and obligations such as "put[ting] their bins out on the right day, sweep[ing] their front step, tak[ing] an interest in local affairs and volunteer in the community." This, he concludes, would be "more valuable than a "pub quiz" on the repeal of the Corn Laws and the correct ingredients of an Ulster fry."



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