British Citizenship By Naturalisation

Obtain British citizenship with the help of our central London solicitors. We offer comprehensive packages, and can advise, guide and project manage your case to increase the chances of a successful British citizenship application, for a pre-agreed fixed fee.

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British Citizenship By Naturalisation

If you wish to become a British citizen and enjoy the benefits of citizenship – such as the right to apply for a British passport and vote in UK elections –our award-winning lawyers can help you through the citizenship application process.

There is no single answer to the question of how to apply for British citizenship, with different circumstances lending themselves to different routes. Our dedicated British citizenship solicitors can educate you on the possibilities, so that you make the best-informed decisions.

We understand that your British citizenship application will be the most important part of your immigration journey. Whether you are interested in British citizenship by marriage, as someone with settled status or indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status, or any other route, please contact us today for a consultation or call 0208 215 0053.

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How can you help me obtain British Citizenship?

Our more than 25 years’ experience in the UK immigration sector – including all aspects of UK immigration law – leaves us well-placed to help our clients to secure British citizenship.

We won’t merely advise you on the different routes for applying for British citizenship, so that you choose the right one for your circumstances; we will also take on your entire case from start to finish. We will help ensure you comply with all the requirements for whatever British citizenship application route you select, so that you can be confident of a positive outcome.

Our British citizenship lawyers are progressive, dynamic and responsive. We will treat your case with the utmost care and dignity, and will communicate with you in a clear and precise manner, answering all of the questions you may have about your application. This will further help ensure the Home Office approves you for British citizenship.

What is British Citizenship?

British citizenship is the status that would entitle you to live and work permanently in the UK, without any immigration restrictions. Becoming a British citizen would give you certain rights not granted to non-citizens, while allowing you to participate more fully in the life of your local community.

You will require British citizenship in order to:

  • Get a British passport
  • Vote in elections, although if you are a European Union (EU) or Commonwealth citizen, you may already be able to vote in certain elections
  • Leave the UK for an unlimited time, without losing your ‘right to return’
  • Obtain British citizenship for any of your children born outside the UK

Before you proceed with applying for British citizenship, it is important to understand that the nationality laws of some countries lead to a person automatically losing their nationality if they become a citizen of another country.

To better understand the full implications of this course of action for you, please make an enquiry today with our British citizenship lawyers or call 0208 215 0053.

What are the different ways to get British Citizenship?

There are various options for applying for British citizenship(or ‘naturalisation’), depending on your circumstances. You might be eligible to apply for British citizenship in more than one way, in which case, you can choose whichever application route you prefer.

You may, for example, be able to apply for British citizenship as someone who was born in the UK. While being born in the UK does not automatically make you a British citizen, you may still be eligible to apply for citizenship, depending on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances.

Other people may apply for citizenship as the spouse or civil partner of someone who is already a British citizen. Another possibility is to submit a citizenship application as someone who has indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status or ‘settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme.

It is no longer possible to lodge a British citizenship application on the basis of having ‘permanent residence’ status. However, you might still have the option of applying for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, if you have not done so already. If you are successful in obtaining settled status through the scheme, you could then apply for British citizenship on the basis of this.

30 June 2021 was the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for the majority of people. However,you may still have the option of applying if you have ‘reasonable grounds’ for not being able to submit an application by the deadline.

There are other ways in which you may be eligible for British citizenship. These include if you:

  • Have a British parent
  • Have another type of British nationality
  • Are stateless
  • Previously gave up – otherwise known as ‘renouncing’ – your citizenship

Our British citizenship lawyers also regularly assist Commonwealth citizens who are interested in applying to become British citizens under the Windrush scheme.

For a more detailed discussion about the options and possibilities for you, please do not hesitate to book a consultation with our British citizenship solicitors in central London today.

What are the requiremets of British Citizenship?

Your current circumstances will dictate the exact criteria you must fulfil in order to obtain British citizenship.

If, for example, you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, and wish to apply as their spouse or civil partner, you are required to have lived in the UK for the past three years. You will also need to have either indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme; if this is the case, you will be immediately eligible to submit a British citizenship application.

Those wishing to become British citizens who have ILR status, ‘settled status’ (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme’) or indefinite leave to enter the UK (permission to move to the UK permanently from abroad), can apply for British citizenship if:

  • They have held this status for 12 months
  • They have spent five years living in the UK

Those applying for British citizenship who have indefinite leave to remain or ‘settled status’ are also required to:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Prove they were in the UK exactly five years before the day their application is received by the Home Office
  • Prove their knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic language
  • Have passed the Government’s Life in the UK Test
  • Plan to continue living in the UK
  • Be of good character

If you are a Commonwealth citizen, you may be eligible to apply for British citizenship as long as both of the following requirements are met:

  • You or one of your parents arrived in the UK prior to 1973
  • You have lived in the UK and not been away from the country for over two years

For Commonwealth citizens who do wish to apply for British citizenship through this route, if their parent arrived in the UK before 1973, they must have either:

  • Been born in the UK
  • Arrived in the UK before they were 18

Please note that even after applying for British citizenship as someone who is already in the UK, you will need to have permission to stay in the UK until you have been granted citizenship. This permission needs to last until your citizenship ceremony. ILR status, or settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, would count as permission to stay.

If you would like to learn more about what is involved in the application process and the requirements you must meet, please feel free to contact our British citizenship lawyers or call 0208 215 0053.

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What documents are needed for a British Citizenship application?

If you are looking to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation as someone who already lives in the UK, you must supply certain supporting documents demanded by the Home Office in order for your application to be considered.

One thing that the Home Office will expect to see is evidence of identity. If you have been issued with a biometric residence permit, this must be included in support of your British citizenship application, in addition to:

  • Your passport or
  • National identity card or
  • Home Office travel document or
  • Home Office entitlement card or
  • Home Office ARC letter or
  • Your birth certificate or
  • Your photo driving licence or
  • A bank, building society or credit card statement issued to you within the last six months

It will also be necessary for applicants to provide evidence of knowledge of language and of life in the UK. The only English language qualifications that will be accepted are those that appear on the Home Office’s approved list of acceptable qualifications.

This means applicants will need to supply either:

  • A letter confirmingthey have successfully passed the Government’s Life in the UK Test, stamped and signed by the Test Supervisor, if they passed the test prior to 1 October 2019
  • Their test reference number if they took the test on or after 1 October 2019. They will be expected to fill in this number on their application form

Furthermore, when applying for British citizenship, you will be expected to provide either:

  • A Home Office approved qualification in English at a minimum of B1 CEFR, from the Secure English Language Test list
  • A UK degree certificate
  • A degree certificate taught or researched in a majority English speaking country, along with an Academic Qualification Level Statement (AQUALS) from Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC), confirming the qualification is equivalent to a UK qualification
  • A degree certificate taught or researched in a non-majority English speaking country, along with both of the following: an AQUALS from Ecctis confirming the qualification is equivalent to a UK qualification, and an English Language Proficiency Statement (ELPS) – also from Ecctis – showing that the degree was taught in English
  • Your passport showing that you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Those who hold a B1 level qualification accepted for the purposes of an application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) will not be required to pass another English language test when applying for British citizenship.

Finally, it is important to note that Irish citizens are treated differently to other EEA nationals for the purposes of lodging a British citizenship application. Irish citizens are not usually subject to any form of immigration control when they arrive in the UK, due to Ireland being part of the Common Travel Area (CTA). If, then, you are an Irish national, you will not need to comply with immigration time restrictions for the purposes of naturalisation.

To learn more about how to get British citizenship – including the documents you will need to supply as part of your application – please do not hesitate to make an enquiry with our capable and experienced immigration lawyers.

What if my British Citizenship application is refused?

Once you have applied for British citizenship, you can normally expect the Home Office to inform you of its decision within six months. In the event of your application being refused, the Home Office will write to you and explain its reasons for its decision. The rejection of your British citizenship application would not affectwhatever current right you have to remain in the UK.

If you apply for British citizenship and are refused, you will not have legal right of appeal; however, you can ask for your application to be reconsidered if you disagree with the Home Office’s reasons for refusal. If you take the reconsideration route, you will be charged a small fee, which will be returned – less the citizenship ceremony fee where appropriate – in the event of the decision being reversed and your application being accepted.

Most British citizenship application refusals are due to applicants not understanding or complying with the legal requirements. There is a very small number of cases where refusal is due to official error by the Home Office.

To learn more about how to get British citizenship and the application process, please get in touch with our Naturalisation solicitors.

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