British Nationality Naturalisation

What is meant by Naturalisation as a British Citizen?

If you have been granted ILR, indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom or Settled Status in the UK, you will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship by Naturalisation. You must be at least 18 years of age to quality by Naturalisation. If you are under 18, the rules to qualify are not the same. 

What are the Requirement to qualify for Naturalisation as a British Citizen?

In order to qualify for an application for naturalisation as a British citizen, you will need to satisfy and meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You were and lived in the UK on the day five years before the date of your application
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 450 days during the past 5 years
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 90 days during the 12 months before the date of your application
  • You have not been in the UK in breach of the Immigration laws
  • You are of Good character
  • You have sufficient knowledge of English test (s)
  • Your intentions are to remain in the UK

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your individual circumstances. Contact us to discuss your individual requirements

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Can I quality for Naturalisation if I have not been granted ILR or Settled Status?

  • If you have not been granted ILR you will not be able to qualify for the naturalisation as a British citizen.

What are the requirements on the basis of Marriage to a British citizen?

In order to qualify for an application for naturalisation as a British citizen as a Spouse, you will need to satisfy and meet the following requirements:

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You were and resident in the UK on the day three years before the date of your application
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 270 days during the past three years
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 90 days during the 12 months before the date of your application
  • You have not been in the UK in breach of the Immigration laws
  • You are of Good character
  • You have sufficient knowledge of English test (s)
  • Your intentions is to settled in the UK and make this country your home

Can I retain Dual nationality once I am naturalised?

Yes you can subject to the other country of nationality that you hold. Some countries do not allow dual nationality and therefore it is important to understand once you are naturalised as a British citizen, you will renounce your old one.

Do I need to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge?

You are not subject to the Immigration Health Surcharge, known as a the UK NHS Surcharge when you apply for naturalisation as a British citizen. The application fee is £1,330. 

Can I apply for British Citizenship straight after ILR?

If you have been granted ILR on the basis of your marriage, you can apply for naturalisation as a British citizen subject to meeting the specified requirements and then apply for a British passport. 

How long does the Process Take?

On average it can take between 3-6 months for a Caseworker to reach a decision on your application for naturalisation as a British citizen. You will also be required to conduct a citizenship ceremony post naturalisation.

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What happens if my application is refused?

If your application is unsuccessful and is refused by the Home Office, you will not be given a right of appeal to challenge the decision to refuse your application for naturalisation as a British citizen. That said, you will be given the option to challenge the decision by way of Administrative review or submit a new application.

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Why our client’s instruct us and how we can help?

 

We are a Company of Experts for You. Our Friendly Team of Immigration Solicitors in London are experts in dealing with your application for naturalisation as a British citizen. We are here to provide you with honest and transparent advice at all times of the merits of your case.

Once instructed, please feel assured we will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures in your application for naturalisation as a British citizen application;
  • Assessing and checking your documents and evidence to ensure that your application fulfils the relevant requirements, if any documents are missing or additional documents are need
  • Advising you if any documents are missing or additional documents are required to support and strengthen your application.
  • Completing of your entire application process from start to finish
  • Preparing a representation letter to the Home Office as to why you qualify for naturalisation as a British citizen.
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