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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 after ILR as a British citizen, LR  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

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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. You can only apply after being granted indefinite leave to remain, settled status or permanent residence in the UK 

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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FAQ's

Our Top British Naturalisation FAQ’S

There are different ways to apply for British citizenship (or ‘naturalisation’) based on your circumstances. You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if:

  • You have a British parent.
  • You have another type of British nationality.
  • You’re stateless.
  • You previously gave up (renounced) your citizenship.

The requirements for British Citizenship by Naturalisation vary depending on whether you are married to a British citizen or not married to a British citizen to qualify.  You can qualify if you are married naturalisation after three years in the UK as a spouse of an UK Citizen in the UK as oppose to five years.

It is imperative that you provide the correct documents to the Home Office for your application to be successful. The Home Office will expect to see:

 

  • Evidence you are settled in the UK: – British passport, ILR stamp or BRP Card, or settled status under the EUSS scheme or PR Card.
  • Proof that you meet the knowledge of life and language test in the UK: You must pass the Life in the UK test, unless you are exempt and pass the B1 Listening and Speaking test at B1, B2, C1 or C2 level, a degree taught or researched in English, or you are from a majority speaking country to be exempt from the test.
  • Evidence of your identity: valid passport, birth certificate
  • Proof of residence in the UK for the relevant period: Proof of residence for past 3 or 5 years from the date of application.

Yes, once you have applied for British Citizenship, you can travel outside the UK while your application is pending. When you apply for British Citizenship, you can submit a full certified copy of your passport and keep your original passport with you. You can then use your original passport to travel overseas.

Most British naturalisation applications take between 3-4 months to be processed. Straight forward applications can be decided within 2 months, and more complex can take up to 6 months. Processing times will also vary depending on the Home Office’s caseload.

Once you are issued with a Certificate of Naturalisation, it will usually take between 3-4 weeks for you to be issued with a British passport.

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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