Migrant Workers: British Nationality

Home Office written question – answered on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to grant UK citizenship to non-UK nationals working in frontline roles in health and social care who have helped tackle the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The requirements for British citizenship are set out in the British Nationality Act 1981. It is not possible to grant citizenship to someone who does not meet those requirements. Some countries do not allow dual citizenship so the idea of an automatic grant of citizenship as suggested would not be practicable.

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