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British Nationality

Home Department written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Graham Evans Graham Evans Conservative, Weaver Vale

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received any applications to reduce the normal time period required for UK naturalisation in each of the last three years; and how many have (a) been received and (b) been successful.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

No statistical information is available which would record any requests made by applicants for naturalisation as British citizens to reduce the required residence periods.

The Secretary of State for the Home Department, my right hon. Friend Mrs May, does have discretion over absences from the United Kingdom during the qualifying residence period. Discretion is also available to waive the residence requirements under schedule 1 sections 1(3) and 4(d) of the British Nationality Act 1981 when applicants are applying on the basis of Crown or designated service.

However, no discretion is available to waive the requirement to have been physically present in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the residential qualifying period.

The use of discretion is part of the consideration process.

No statistical information is available to record the use of discretion during the consideration process.

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