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Official guidance on the good character citizenship test

31 January 2019 John Vassiliou Personal Immigration

The latest version of the Home Office’s Good character requirement guidance published on 14 January 2019 incorporates long-awaited new sections on children and refugees.

There are also new sections on absolute and conditional discharges, detention and training orders, extremism, deportation orders, NHS debt, and failing to pay litigation costs.

The document now weighs in at a hefty 53 pages, up from a pre-Christmas 30. With the rising page count comes rising frustration with the Home Office’s persistent failure to give ground in how harshly it applies the good character requirement to children. 

While the policy is most controversial in respect of citizenship applicants aged 10 to 17, this document is not just aimed at children but at all citizenship applicants. For further details about what the good character requirement is and who it applies to, you can read my recent post on the Free Movement blog.

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