R68 - MR from the Home Office - Fast Track Citizenship for Military Service

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R68 - Fast Track Citizenship for Military Service
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Ministerial Report: Home Office

Secretary of State: The Rt. Hon. Aph MP
British Nationality Act 1981 (Naturalisation Scheme) Order 2020
Mr Speaker, Her Majesty's Government gives notice that under the British Nationality Act 1981 as amended by the British Residency Act 2020, that the Home Office is to begin a scheme to grant citizenship to all foreign nationals who serve the armed forces. The Specifics of the scheme are as follows:

1. Eligibility

The following people are eligible:

  • Persons who have served in Her Majesty's armed forces in a combat role for a period of three years or more.
  • Persons who have served in Her Majesty's armed forces in a combat role for a period of fewer than three years but greater than six months and were injured in the line of duty, causing them to be discharged.
  • Persons who have served Her Majesty's armed forces in non-combat roles for a period of three years or more, such as translators and covert agents.

2. Requirements

The Government will impose no greater restrictions than the law requires. That is to say, all people must be of good character and, in the case where service was less than three years, demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic and of life in the UK.


This scheme will be open to all persons who are currently serving and who have previously served and can demonstrate that they meet the criteria.

People who make use of the exemption from English language requirements will be given English lessons, free of charge, upon taking Citizenship to allow them to better integrate into British society.


Notes
It is the contention of this government that those who serve Her Majesty in her armed forces, such as the Gurkhas and translators on the ground are undeniably British. Refusing them British citizenship is, therefore, an insult to them and their willingness to die to protect us. An insult that we will not stand for.

Further, for the sake of clarity, we anticipate that people who were dishonourably discharged should normally see themselves fall afoul of the requirement for good character. This will be case-specific however, as there may be some occasions when it is deemed that the reason for the discharge would not warrant disqualification of citizenship.

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Aph this formatting has been hell on earth. What I have is not identical to the original, but it is the best I can do. If you provide me with a proper code I can sort it out if you wish.

Edit: Sorted now, thanks.
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And just as last time, fast tracked citizenship should be done on a case by case basis
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I'm unconvinced translators should be given instant citizenship. The 'such as' inclusion raises questions about who can apply for citizenship.
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I, of course, support this
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I support this.

Are the English lessons intended for the (hypothetical) people who qualify with Welsh or Gaelic, or the people who have served for more than 3 years?
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Should they not be learning English before citizenship, one would also ask how effective a role they are able to play in the military without speaking English, unless this is also covering the cooks and such like
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We paid the immigrants for their duty to serve us. We shouldn't be paying them again by providing them with free English lessons.
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(Original post by Saracen's Fez)
I support this.

Are the English lessons intended for the (hypothetical) people who qualify with Welsh or Gaelic, or the people who have served for more than 3 years?
Both in theory. I guess if they could only speak Welsh and desired to live in North Wales where English isn't always needed then that might be fine. I can't imagine it would happen often if ever though.
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Should they not be learning English before citizenship, one would also ask how effective a role they are able to play in the military without speaking English, unless this is also covering the cooks and such like
That's the point. Pretty much all of them will meet the English requirement anyway, this effectively stops the need to pay for a test to prove it and for the very small number who wouldn't pass anyway the language lessons are there.
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Both in theory. I guess if they could only speak Welsh and desired to live in North Wales where English isn't always needed then that might be fine. I can't imagine it would happen often if ever though.

That's the point. Pretty much all of them will meet the English requirement anyway, this effectively stops the need to pay for a test to prove it and for the very small number who wouldn't pass anyway the language lessons are there.
Oh no, having to pay a small amount to get citizenship which is being handed to them on a plate anyway, however could they cope!
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Both in theory. I guess if they could only speak Welsh and desired to live in North Wales where English isn't always needed then that might be fine. I can't imagine it would happen often if ever though.
I mean in reality it's pretty hard to function in modern-day Wales without English anywhere, but I was interested to hear what was intended.
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Naturally i a fully behind this.
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We paid the immigrants for their duty to serve us. We shouldn't be paying them again by providing them with free English lessons.
I take it you also take the view that one a soldier has been discharged "**** em" as they've already received their salary irrespective of service?
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I take it you also take the view that one a soldier has been discharged "**** em" as they've already received their salary irrespective of service?
If they are injured we should pay for their medical treatment and continued care, as we should translators. That's unrelated to teaching them English.
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I'd preferably ask for them to know English beforehand but I see no issue with this.
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I see no reason to oppose this. This Ministerial Report has my support.
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These people risk their lives serving the UK. This is only right. And yes, even the interpreters - they get targeted for working for the UK.
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Mr Speaker, i emphatically support this Ministerial Report.

Many of the people captured by this have demonstrated a willingness to fight in our service if not die in our service and for that they deserve the honour of being permitted to live in our great land.
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Teaching them English is as much as a benefit to them as it is to the UK. After all, we want immigrants who can live in Britain as a part of the society.
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Teaching them English is as much as a benefit to them as it is to the UK. After all, we want immigrants who can live in Britain as a part of the society.
It being a benefit to the UK relies on the assumption their presence is beneficial in the first place.
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