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British Nationality: Ex-servicemen

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if her Department will seek the views of Gurkha and other ex-servicemen's charities and organisations in its consultation on the Path to British Citizenship. (197018)

The Green Paper ‘The Path to Citizenship: Next Steps In Reforming The Immigration System’ sets out proposals for a clearer framework for the journey to citizenship and for clarifying the routes to British citizenship or permanent residence through a new stage of probationary citizenship.

We welcome comments on the proposals in the Green Paper from all those who have views on the future shape of the immigration system. The document can be accessed on the BIA website at:

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/consultations/pathtocitizenship/

We will finalise our proposals following the consultation period which ends on 14 May 2008.