To apply for British citizenship by naturalisation you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after the grant of Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

We are expert in dealing with naturalisation applications and if instructed will carry out all the work on the application until the decision is received from the Home Office UKVI.

Please contact expert UK immigration lawyer at Rex Law Chambers to fully assess your eligibility for naturalisation as a British Citizen by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history. So that we can advise you on the chances of success in your application in particular if you have any adverse personal or immigration history.

Page Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Requirements for British Citizenship by Naturalisation
  3. What is British citizenship application processing time?
  4. Our fee for British citizenship application
  5. Do you need legal help?

Overview

You can usually apply for naturalisation as a British Citizen if you are over the age of 18 years and 12 months after the grant of your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Settled status by virtue of section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981.

An application for naturalisation as a British Citizen is made by using an online application form AN.

The law also requires you to prove that you were in the UK exactly 5 years before the day the Home Office receives your application.

You must also prove your knowledge of English, have passed Life in the UK test and intend to continue living in the UK. You must also be a person of good character as it is one of the key requirements for the success of your application. You should also not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years and 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months.

Requirements for British Citizenship by Naturalisation

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.

You must also:

  • prove you were in the UK exactly 5 years before the day the Home Office receives your application
  • prove your knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic
  • have passed the life in the UK test
  • intend to continue living in the UK
  • be of good character

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.

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.

Our fee for British citizenship application

Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the naturalisation application process including advice about legal requirements, eligibility criteria and required documents.

Our fixed fee

We charge a fixed fee starting from £800 for our professional legal services in relation to application for Naturalisation as a British citizen. 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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