Changes to UK Citizenship test

# 1 min read 09/07/2012

It has emerged that the UK citizenship test which immigrants take prior to becoming settled in the UK will change according to the UK Home Office.

The test, known as Life in the UK was introduced in 2005 by the then Labour government and was mandatory for immigrants wishing to become British citizens. The current test covers not only British history and achievements but also the practicalities of living in the UK.

The new test will do away with this and focus more on British history, the monarchy and British achievements. It is stated that immigrants will need to familiarise themselves with the Beatles, William Shakespeare and Florence Nightingale.

A revision of the test handbook will be out later this year and will scrap sections of the test dealing with the Human Rights Act, claiming benefits and other general topics. Instead it will include new sections talking about Britain’s key battles such as Trafalgar as well as British inventions and discoveries.

Putting our culture and history at the heart of the citizenship test will help ensure those permanently settling can understand British life, allowing them to properly integrate into our society.

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