Policy Document

An Act to make provision about immigration, asylum and nationality; and for connected purposes




United Kingdom




Naturalisation & Citizenship

Main implications

The act made new provisions regarding acquisition of and securing British citizenship The application for registration as a citizen of any type or as a British subject on the basis of any legal basis mentioned would only be granted by the Secretary of State if the applicant was of “good character”. This rule applied to all applicants seeking British citizenship who were age ten or older.

Benefits & Requirements

Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries

Persons seeking to become British citizens of any description.

Read the Law

Full Text Source in English

2006, c. 13

Original full text source in native language

2006, c. 13

Full text web source in English


Original full text web source in native language


Comments & Clarifications

The Act built, in large part, on the Home Office’s five-year strategy for asylum and immigration, “Controlling our borders: Making migration work for Britain,” published February 2005.

Secondary Literature & Sources

Secondary literature

- Bloch, A. "Migrants and Asylum-Seekers". In Alcock, P., May, M. & Rowlingson, K. "The Student's Companion to Social Policy". Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (2008): 410-417.
- Dummett, A. "United Kingdom". In Bauböck, R., Ersbøll, E., Groenendijk, E., & Waldrauch, H. "Acquisition and Loss of Nationality: Country Analyses. Policies and Trends in 15 European Countries". Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam (2006): 151-585.
- Walmsley, A.: "British Policy on Nationality". In O'Leary, S., & Tiilikainen, T. "Citizenship and the Nationality Status in the new Europe". The Institute for Public Policy Research: London (1998). 17-122.


Alyson Silkowski
London School of Economics

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SPLASH-db.eu (2012): Policy: "An Act to make provision about immigration, asylum and nationality; and for connected purposes" (Information provided by Alyson Silkowski). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].