12 December 2008
UK ceases 7-yr concession for young immigrants
Phil Woolas, Minister for Immigration, announced government has withdrawn the 7-year concession for young immigrants from UK immigration policy as of the 9th December 2008.
Also known as DP5/96, the concession allowed immigrants who came to the UK as children (under the age of 18) and who lived in the UK for seven years or more to automatically gain UK citizenship.
All outstanding applications using the concession would be subject to the old system; however, as of Tuesday this week no new applications would be accepted.
The Minister said although the concession has been withdrawn from immigration policy, the fact that a child may have spent a significant period of its life in the UK would still count towards their case for naturalisation. Children who have spent less than seven years in Britain may be able to use substantial evidence to amount a case to be considered for their application.
"Withdrawing the policy will also prevent those overstaying or unlawfully present in the UK having the benefit of a concession which does not apply to those persons who comply with the Immigration Rules and remain in the UK lawfully," he said.
There are still two other pathways to citizenship using a similar method - the ten-year rule and the 14-year rule.
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Article by Jessica Bird, UK Visa Bureau.