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Naturalisation: Assessments

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were awarded passes in the Life in the UK citizenship test subsequently had that pass revoked in each month since November 2005. (125951)

Appropriate action will be taken where concerns remain about an applicant's knowledge of English or UK society. This will apply if they seek settlement or citizenship or even after such a status has been granted to them.

The precise action to be taken will depend on the circumstances of an individual case but might include requiring a further test or an independent analysis of their language ability. The Government take very seriously any attempts to circumvent the legal requirements for settlement and citizenship, for example by taking part in fraudulent activity in order to obtain a pass certificate for the test. Ultimately revocation of, or refusal to grant settlement or citizenship may be appropriate in some cases.