You can apply for British citizenship either by Naturalisation or Registration to become a British citizen if you meet all the eligibility requirements.

If you need help of an expert UK immigration lawyer with your British citizenship application, please feel free to contact our British Citizenship & Naturalisation lawyer to get immigration advice and legal assistance with your British citizenship application.

British Citizenship

Page Contents

  1. Overview
  2. What are the ways to become British citizen?
  3. Requirements for British citizenship application
  4. Applying for British citizenship after ILR
  5. What is British citizenship application processing time?
  6. How can we help with your UK visa application?
  7. Our fee for British citizenship application
  8. Do you need legal help?

Overview

Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Once you become a British citizen, it will give you the right to live and work in the UK permanently, without any immigration restrictions. It will also allow you to apply for a British passport.

You do not automatically become British citizen if you were born in the UK. British citizenship depends on when you were born and your parents' circumstances. If you wish to apply for British citizenship, you must meet all the eligibility requirements.

If you are eligible to become British citizen in more than one way you can choose which way to apply.

What are the ways to become British citizen?

There are different ways to become a British citizen. You can either naturalise as a British Citizen (Naturalisation as a British citizen) or register yourself as a British Citizen (Registration as British citizen).

Below is a list of some common routes to British citizenship:

British citizenship by naturalisation

British citizenship by registration

British citizenship by marriage

Register child as a British citizen

British citizenship by descent

Many other ways to become a British citizen such as registering a person born to British mother before 1983, registering BNO as a British citizen and so on. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

Requirements for British citizenship application

There are certain requirements which must be fulfilled for someone to become eligible to apply for British citizenship.

The most fundamental requirements are:

You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.

What is 'Residency' requirement for British citizenship by naturalisation?

You should have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application. Foreign spouses of citizens may be able to apply after three years of lawful residence in the country.

You should also not have:

  • spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years (or 270 days, if you are following the UK citizenship by marriage route)
  • spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • broken any UK immigration laws (for example living illegally in the UK)

What is the 'Good Character' requirement for British citizenship?

An applicant for naturalisation as a British citizen must satisfy the good character requirement to succeed in his application. The British Nationality Act 1981 does not define good character. However, the Home Office UKVI guidance sets out the types of conduct which must be taken into account when assessing whether a person has satisfied the requirement to be of good character.

Consideration should be given by the Home Office caseworker to all aspects of a person's character, including both negative factors, for example criminality, immigration law breaches and deception, and positive factors, for example contributions a person has made to society.

What is the 'English Language' requirement for British citizenship?

If you are applying for British citizenship and you’re 18 or over then you might need to prove your knowledge of the English language.

British citizenship applicants from non-English speaking countries need to prove their knowledge of English by passing a secure English language test (SELT) taken through a Home Office approved English language test centre.

You can prove your knowledge of the English language by having either an English qualification at B1 level or a degree taught in English.

You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are aged 65 or over or unable to, because of a long-term physical or mental condition.

What is the 'Life in the UK Test' requirement for British citizenship?

The Life in the UK test is a compulsory requirement for the British citizenship applications.

The main object of the Life in the UK test is to prove that the applicant has adequate knowledge of British life such as British values, history, traditions and everyday life.

Life in the UK test is a computer-based multiple-choice question test based on the Life in the UK handbook.

You will have 45 minutes in total to answer 24 multiple-choice questions and You must score 75% or more to pass the test.

Applying for British citizenship after ILR

You'll usually be able to apply for citizenship if you're over 18 and have had one of the following for 12 months:

  • indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • 'settled status' (also known as 'indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme')
  • indefinite leave to enter the UK (permission to move to the UK permanently from abroad)

You will not need to wait 12 months to apply if you're married to a British citizen.

What is British citizenship application processing time?

The general processing time for a British citizenship application is 3-6 months. If your application is approved, you will receive an invitation to attend a Citizenship ceremony to obtain your Certificate of Naturalisation.

Sometimes it may take longer for the Home Office to decide your application due to the complexity of the matter or if there are further enquiries to be made.

How can we help with your UK visa application?

As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:

  • assess your eligibility for the relevant visa type by fully considering your circumstances;
  • advise you on the required supporting documents to be submitted in support of your immigration application;
  • assess all the documents to ensure that the documents you provide are as per the requirements of the Immigration Rules;
  • advise you on strengths and potential weaknesses in your visa application and how you can overcome such weaknesses if any;
  • complete the online immigration draft application form to share it with you for cross-checking;
  • submit your application online and schedule your biometrics appointments with the relevant commercial partner of the UKVI;
  • prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the immigration application explaining in detail how you are meeting all the requirements of the Immigration Rules so that you have the maximum chances of succeeding in your visa application;
  • upload all the supporting documents online in support of the immigration application in their correct format and order;
  • dealing and responding to any caseworker enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office caseworker for any further documents or information concerning your pending immigration application;
  • do all the follow-up work on your immigration application until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Our fee for British citizenship application

If you need help with your British citizenship application, please feel free to contact our highly experienced UK immigration lawyer for legal advice & assistance with your British citizenship application.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £800 for our professional legal services in relation to British citizenship application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.

Do you need legal help?

Contact Rex Law Chambers, if you have any questions or need legal help with any UK immigration law related matter. At Rex Law Chambers, we specialise in a wide range of UK visas and nationality applications and our principal immigration lawyer has wealth of experience and expert knowledge to deal with all types of UK visas and immigration applications. He has successfully handled many complex and high-profile cases and also represented clients in their immigration matters.

We can provide one-off FREE general legal advice via live chat or our "Enquiry Form". The FREE advice does not cover the advice in relation to complex legal issues or advice about documents to be submitted in support of the application. If you would like to to get detailed legal advice then please schedule an in-person, Zoom, Skype or phone consultation by using our "Appointment Request Form".

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