View Full Version : Gurkhas win UK citizenship rights

30-09-04, 00:37

Gurkhas who have served in the British Army are to be allowed to apply to settle in the UK and gain British citizenship.

The announcement made by Tony Blair follows a government review and a campaign by the Nepalese soldiers.

The Prime Minister said the Gurkhas had made an "enormous contribution" and it was important that their commitment and sacrifice were recognised.

Gurkhas have fought as part of the British Army for almost 200 years.

Cut-off point

From now on, Gurkhas who leave after more than four years' service will be able to apply to stay in the UK.

It is expected that most will be granted indefinite leave and citizenship after a further 12 months.

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