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41The qualifying periodU.K.

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(1)After paragraph 4A of Schedule 1 to the British Nationality Act 1981 (c. 61) (inserted by section 40(5) above), insert—

The qualifying period for naturalisation as a British citizen under section 6

4B(1)The qualifying period for the purposes of paragraph 1 or 3 is a period of years which ends with the date of the application in question.

(2)The length of the period is determined in accordance with the following provisions of this paragraph.

(3)In the case of an applicant who does not meet the activity condition, the number of years in the period is—

(a)8, in a case within paragraph 1;

(b)5, in a case within paragraph 3.

(4)In the case of an applicant who meets the activity condition, the number of years in the period is—

(a)6, in a case within paragraph 1;

(b)3, in a case within paragraph 3.

(5)The applicant meets the activity condition if the Secretary of State is satisfied that the applicant—

(a)has participated otherwise than for payment in prescribed activities; or

(b)is to be treated as having so participated.

(2)In section 41 of that Act (regulations etc.), in subsection (1), after paragraph (bb) insert—

(bc)for amending paragraph 4B(3)(a) or (b) or (4)(a) or (b) of Schedule 1 to substitute a different number for the number for the time being specified there;

(bd)for determining whether a person has, for the purposes of an application for naturalisation under section 6, participated in activities prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 4B(5)(a) of Schedule 1;

(be)for determining whether a person is to be treated for the purposes of such an application as having so participated;.

(3)After subsection (1A) of that section insert—

(1B)Regulations under subsection (1)(bc) may make provision so that—

(a)the number specified in sub-paragraph (3)(a) of paragraph 4B of Schedule 1 is the same as the number specified in sub-paragraph (4)(a) of that paragraph;

(b)the number specified in sub-paragraph (3)(b) of that paragraph is the same as the number specified in sub-paragraph (4)(b) of that paragraph.

(1C)Regulations under subsection (1)(bd) or (be)—

(a)may make provision that applies in relation to time before the commencement of section 41 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009;

(b)may enable the Secretary of State to make arrangements for such persons as the Secretary of State thinks appropriate to determine whether, in accordance with those regulations, a person has, or (as the case may be) is to be treated as having, participated in an activity.

(4)In subsection (7) of that section, after “this section” insert “ (other than regulations referred to in subsection (8)) ”.

(5)After subsection (7) of that section insert—

(8)Any regulations (whether alone or with other provision)—

(a)under subsection (1)(a) for prescribing activities for the purposes of paragraph 4B(5)(a) of Schedule 1; or

(b)under subsection (1)(bc), (bd) or (be),

may not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.

Commencement Information

I1S. 41(5) in force at 27.10.2014 for specified purposes by S.I. 2014/2634, art. 2(a)

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