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:
|Applications for British citizenship refused( 1) on grounds of the applicant's character, December 2006 to April 2007( 2,)( )( 3)|
|Month of refusal||Number|
|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|
|(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.