Britain is introducing the most restrictive immigration changes in recent times.
Before British citizenship, in the case of Permanent Residence Permits or Indefinite Leave to remain, the UK residence rules apply to five consecutive years on specified visas. The home office of the country is planning to increase this period from five to eight years.
Other major changes include requiring applicants to provide proof of at least two years of work or two years of study in Britain. Also, if the applicant has been convicted in any case within ten years prior to the application, he will lose the eligibility to apply for permanent residence.
In addition, the application for Indefinite Leave to remain for those over 65 years of age does not require a test on the lifestyle in Britain, but the new proposal also provides for the Life in the UK test for them, as mentioned in the Daily Mail report.
A spokesperson for the British government said that being a British citizen was a status not a right. Recipients of this status were required to contribute to Britain.