The Home Secretary announced recently that the 'earned citizenship' plans put into place by the previous Government have been shelved and will not come into effect in July 2011 as planned.

Theresa May announced on 5 November 2010 that the Coalition Government will not be proceeding with the controversial 'earned citizenship' plans made by their predecessors, as part of a review of the process of obtaining nationality and settlement in the UK. The Home Secretary also announced plans to sever the link between temporary and permanent immigration to make it harder to obtain settlement, or indefinite leave to remain, in the UK, saying that working for a short period or studying in the UK should not lead to residence.

The Coalition Government has not yet released any plans for alternative changes to the citizenship system and the current naturalisation and settlement Rules will continue to apply until a further announcement is made.