British Citizenship – Naturalization
Once the applicant has settled status i.e. Indefinite leave to remain under the immigration rules or permanent residence under the EEA regulations, he may make his application to be naturalized as a British citizen.
Time Frame for making British Citizenship Application
The applicant must have lived in the UK for the last 5 years and have had Indefinite leave to remain under the Immigration rules or permanent residence under the EEA regulations for at least 12 months prior to making this application.
If the applicant is married to a British citizen then the time period is reduced to 3 years from 5 years.
Requirements of British Citizenship
The applicant must fulfil the following requirements:
- He must be at least 18 years of age
- He must be of sound mind
- He must meet the residence requirements
- He must meet the Good Character Requirement
- He must have passed life in the UK certificate and have qualification in English language of B1 level, at least or an acceptable degree from a recognized Educational establishment meeting the English language criteria or must be a national of an English speaking country.
Residence Requirements of British Citizenship Application
If the applicant is not married to a British citizen, he must not have absences of more than 450 days in the last 5 years including not more than 90 days in the last 12 months, from the date of application.
If the applicant is married to a British citizen, he must not have absences of more than 270 days in the last 3 years including not more than 90 days in the last 12 months, from the date of application.
The Secretary of State however enjoys wide discretion in allowing prolonged absences of the applicant in certain circumstances.
Good Character Requirement of British Citizenship Application
The applicant must be able to demonstrate that he is a person of good character and have shown respect for the rights and freedoms of the UK and have observed it’s laws and fulfilled your duties and obligations as a resident of the UK. The Home office shall carry out criminal record checks on all applicants of British citizenship.
If the applicant has a conviction in the UK or overseas then depending on the length of sentence, he may have to wait for a certain period of time or may not be eligible for citizenship at all, if he was given a sentence of 4 years of imprisonment or more.
If the applicant has used deceptive measures in his dealings with the Home office, he may be placed on a 10 year ban from the date he used deception. A 10 year ban is also applicable if the applicant has made illegal entry in the UK or evaded immigration control or abused life in the UK test process.
The Home office also routinely checks records with HMRC to see whether the applicant has worked in the UK in breach of the immigration conditions attached to his visa, in the last 10 years.
English Language Knowledge
You can prove English language requirements by having either:
- an English qualification at B1 level
- a degree taught or researched in English
- national of an English-speaking country
The requirement of English Language knowledge is exempt in cases when applicants are aged 65 or over or is unable to due to disabilities or is a citizen of countries that are exempt from.
Life in the UK Test
If the applicant has not passed Life in the UK test in his ILR application he would need one for British citizenship application. The applicants over 65 years of age are exempt from this requirement.
Reconsideration of refusal of British Citizenship
The applicant may make an application to the Home office to reconsider the decision of refusing British citizenship application, provided there are good grounds to make this application.
Judicial Review Against Refusal of British Citizenship Application
If the British citizenship application is refused by the Home office, the applicant may lodge judicial review proceedings in the high court provided there are good grounds to challenge the decision. Please read more about Judicial review procedure in our Judicial review section.
How our Immigration Solicitors can help you in making British Citizenship Application ?
Our team of UK Immigration Lawyers can expeditiously deal with making British Citizenship Application.
Mr Intisar Chauhan, Principal Solicitor at Chauhan Solicitors, is an expert Immigration Solicitor in London who has been dealing with UK Immigration Laws since 2003. Immigration Lawyers at Chauhan Solicitors shall provide you with best possible Immigration advice / consultation and accordingly shall prepare your making British Citizenship Application under direct supervision of Mr Chauhan. After consultation, if you want us to start preparing your case, you can expect the followings from our Immigration lawyers;
- We are registered with Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for data protection that means our client’s information is confidential and safe with Chauhan Solicitors.
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- Our Immigration Lawyers shall discuss your British Citizenship Application and advise you on the required documents and procedure.
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