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UK Citizenship & Naturalisation
Gaining full British Citizenship is considered as the last stage of the UK Immigration process. Becoming a British citizen allows you to work and live anywhere in the UK without immigration control constraints. Once you have full British Citizenship you are free to apply for a full British passport.
UK Naturalisation is a process that individuals must complete if they wish to become a British citizen. Naturalisation is open to individuals who meet specific criteria set by the Home Office
What does naturalisation involve?
Naturalisation is the process most adult applicants must undergo in order to become a British citizen. If your application is successful you will gain the full range of rights enjoyed by nationals of the UK. Our solicitors can assist you through this journey and maximise your chances for a successful naturalisation application.
It is worth noting that some countries do not allow their citizens to hold dual-nationality status, so it pays to understand your exact situation first before starting the process.
Our Immigration lawyers have a great deal of expertise to help and take the stress out of any immigeration application process. Our aim is to always guide you smoothly and successfully through the naturalisation application process. Royce Legal Solicitors have the know how legal expertise to fight your corner should issues or challenges arise.
If married to a British citizen and again you hold ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ and have resided in the UK for 3 years minimum, then you meet the criteria needed to start the application process for naturalisation.
In recent years the naturalisation process has been further developed by the Home Office as they attempt to foster better social inclusion and an appreciation of ‘British values and culture’. English language testing is now part of the process as is the ‘Life in the UK test’
- At the time of starting the naturalisation application be over 18 years old,
- Have resided in the UK for at least 5 years (unless you are seeking naturalisation following marriage to a British citizen),
- Have held ‘Indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK for a minimum of 12 months or hold Permanent UK residence status if you are originally from an ‘EEA’ country,
- Not have left the UK for a period of over 90 days in the last 12-month period,
- Be currently living in the UK at the time of application,
- Be seen to be of ‘good character’ – This generally constitutes having no criminal record or having committed a breach of immigration laws,
- Meet the English language requirements test,
- Have studied and passed the ‘Life in the UK’ test,
Applications are required to be sent by postal mail only along with accompanying documentation. These documents can be sent either by you or your legal representative if using an immigration lawyer.
The UKVI will then verify your current visa status for the UK as well as conducting checks that surround your eligibility, such as whether you have any spent or unspent criminal convictions in the UK or your country of origin.
If your application process is successful you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony and it will be at tis point where you will receive your naturalisation certificate. On occasion the UKVI may also request an interview with you as part of the application process.
The British Nationality Act 1983 which provides the mechanism of British Nationality being conferred through registration or naturalisation via certification. The Naturalisation certificate evidences the fact that British naturalisation has been acquired by an individual.
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