The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill will receive Queen Elizabeth II’s approval today:- The Bill extends the residence requirement for citizenship applicants to eight years from five for people with work permits. Those married to a British national need five years in the U.K. instead of three.

Britain has reversed its open-door policy as public concern grew over the scale of immigration since 2004, when Poland and seven other Eastern European nations joined the European Union, gaining the right to work without restriction in the U.K. Brown has focused his clampdown on migration from outside Europe, restricting both family and work visas.

Applicants can shave two years off their wait by doing approved volunteer work.

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