Citizenship

Home Department written question – answered on 7th June 2007.

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Photo of Tony Wright Tony Wright Labour, Cannock Chase

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for citizenship were rejected on the grounds of (a) character in each month since December 2006 and (b) language or knowledge of the UK in each month since November 2005.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum)

The requested information is shown in the table.

Applications for British citizenship can be rejected (before full consideration) or refused (after full consideration). Applications for British citizenship are not rejected on the basis of an applicant's character. Data have therefore been provided on the number of applications refused on the basis of character. Applications can be both refused and rejected on the grounds of an applicant's knowledge of English or life in the UK so a total of both has been provided.

Figures for 2005 and 2006 are a subset of data published as National Statistics. Data for 2007 are drawn from local management information and so have not been quality assured and are therefore provisional and subject to change; the figures are not part of National Statistics.

Statistics on persons applying for British citizenship in the United Kingdom are published in the Home Office annual statistical bulletin, 'Persons Granted British Citizenship United Kingdom'. This publication is available from the Home Office website:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

Applications for British citizenship refused( 1) on grounds of the applicant's character, December 2006 to April 2007( 2,)( )( 3)
Month of refusal Number
2006
December 110
2007
January 185
February 165
March 145
April 115
Applications for British citizenship refuse( 1) or rejected( 4) on grounds of the applicant's knowledge of English or life in the UK, November 2005 to April 2007( 2,)( )( 3)
Month of refusal or rejection Number
2005
November 2,150
December 1,155
2006
January 760
February 1,010
March 835
April 1,080
May 690
June 565
July 490
August 360
September 320
October 220
November 110
December 75
2007
January 100
February 160
March 140
April 100
(1) Applications for citizenship refused after substantive consideration of the application.

(2) Figures for 2005 and 2006 are a subset of data published as National Statistics. Data for 2007 are drawn from local management information and so have not been quality assured and are therefore subject to change.

(3) Figures are rounded to five.

(4 )Applications for citizenship rejected before substantive consideration of the application due to a lack of evidence of qualification.

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