Commonwealth Citizens can now more easily join the British Armed Forces!
An announcement, earlier in November, by the British Minister of Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster brings welcome news to Commonwealth Citizens looking to join the British Armed Forces!
Since 2013, it was only possible for a citizen from one of the Commonwealth countries to apply to join the British Armed Forces, if the person held residency in the UK. Residency are acquired by having spent five years in the UK. A person thus only would have been able to apply after he/she has spent five years in the UK, on an immigration route such as the UK Ancestry Visa.
Henceforth, any person from a Commonwealth country, will be able to apply to join the British Armed Forces. Applicants will no longer need to fulfil the five-year residency requirement.
Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Brunei Darussalem, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia.
The British Minister of Armed Forces said in his statement on the issue, that Commonwealth recruits are already playing a key role in the Armed Forces. He said that in recent years, the UK Armed Forces had more than 7,500 Commonwealth citizens in its ranks, with many from Fiji, South Africa and Australia.
Recruitment Process of the British Armed Forces
In future, the application for all roles and ranks in the British Armed Forces will be open to Commonwealth citizens, from the age of 18 years and older.
The British Ministry of Defence said that they will increase the number of recruits from the Commonwealth to 1,350 recruits per year over the next several years.
The British Army will hire about 1,000 personnel per year. The Royal Navy will hire about 300 persons per year, and the Royal Air Forces about 50 persons per year.
The Royal Navy and the Royal Air Forces have already started the new recruitment drive. The applications for the British Army will open in January 2019.
Residency and British Citizenship
The good news for Commonwealth citizens who are successful in their quest to join the British Armed is that it will be possible for them to eventually obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain, leading to British Citizenship. Dependants (Spouses, partners and dependent children) will also be able to accompany the successful recruit to the UK.
Persons interested in joining the British Army, or who need more information, can apply directly from the British Armed Forces website
For more information on how your spouse, partner, children and other dependants can join you, please feel free to contact Breytenbachs
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