UK Immigration News
Changes to UK Citizenship Test
Monday, 2 July 2012
According to a recent announcement from the UK Home Office, the UK citizenship test will change.
The Citizenship test, known as "Life in the UK" was introduced by the Labour government in 2005 and is mandatory for any immigrant who wants to become a British citizen, proving that they are able to integrate into British society.
Changes to the citizenship test will focus less on the practicalities of living in Britain and require greater knowledge of British history and achievements. UK immigrants are expected to learn about the Beatles, William Shakespeare and Florence Nightingale.
A revised handbook called "Labour's Life in the UK" is due to be issued later this year, scrapping sections of the test which dealt with claiming benefits and the Human Rights Act.
The new guide is expected to describe Britain as a "fantastic place to live; a modern thriving society with a long and illustrious history".
It will also include sections about key battles, such as Trafalgar, and British inventions and discoveries.
The British Home Office spokesman said, "Putting our culture and history at the heart of the citizenship test will help ensure those permanently setting can understand British life, allowing them to properly integrate into our society."
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