BRITISH CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION GUIDE
Applying for British Citizenship or Nationality can be an ultimate immigration application for many migrants.
Achieving British citizenship grants you full rights to live, work, and travel as a UK citizen.
You can enter the UK and leave the country freely and without restrictions and enjoy the status that such esteemed citizenship offers.
It is very rare that citizenship gets revoked; therefore, obtaining British Citizenship will ensure you and your family feel secure.
For many immigrants who have come to the UK and built a life here, the moment they qualify to apply for British Citizenship is a culmination of years of hard work and planning.
Imagine being denied citizenship after investing so much of your life into the process; it can be devastating.
We believe that it is essential to prepare a quality application for naturalisation that improves your chances of becoming a British Citizen.
At First Continental Solicitors, we will help you to put together a strong application and collect the required documentation for a perfect application.
Check if You Can Become a British Citizen
Your potential of becoming a British Citizen depends on your circumstances.
There may be more than one way for you to apply and if this is the case, you can choose which route to use.
If you have moved to the UK on a visa or are an EEA citizen, you can apply for British Citizenship if:
- you have held Indefinite Leave to Remain for 12 months or more, or
- you have held an EU Permanent Residence Card for 12 months or more.
Spouse’s of British Citizens can apply for naturalisation after three years if:
- they have Indefinite Leave to Remain,
- an EEA permanent residence document
You may also be eligible to apply for British Citizenship if:
- you have a British parent
- you are stateless
- you hold another type of British nationality
- at some stage you renounced your British citizenship
If your parents came to the UK under the Windrush scheme, you may be able to apply for British Citizenship if they:
- came to the UK before 1973,
- you live in the country and have not left the UK for more than two years
We will analyse your unique circumstances and provide you with honest pre-advice; our immigration law experts are happy to assist you. Contact us for more information.
British Citizenship Naturalisation Eligibility Requirements
You must meet the following criteria:
- Have lived legally in the UK for at least five years
- Have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for at least 12 months
- Meet the residency requirements
- Have proof of English language proficiency:
- nationality from an English-speaking country
OR an accepted English language degree
OR you have successfully passed an accredited English language test
- Pass ‘Life in the UK’ test
- Have a good character
- Plan to live permanently in the UK
For details on these requirements, our immigration law experts are happy to assist you. Please contact us.
You will need to fill some online forms and answer all questions that are relevant to your application. Overseas applicants can now complete their application online.
You can edit and download the application before it is submitted. Those who are resident in the UK, can use the “Form AN” for the application of British Citizenship by naturalisation.
Our team can provide you with advice on the best options available to you and your family.
You will need to provide the following documents with your application (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Your passport/travel document and valid identity card (if applicable)
- Proof you have Indefinite Leave to Remain
- Evidence of your English language proficiency
- Your Life in the UK test pass certificate
- Your marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
- P60s for the previous six years, or five years if married to a British citizen
- Payslips (if P60s do not cover the whole period)
- Self-employed applicants require self-assessment statements for each year of the six /five years
Our team can assist you with completion and collation of the required documentation to ensure accuracy and reduce the chances of a refusal.
The advantages of becoming a British Citizen are numerous.
For most people, one of the most important advantages is the peace of mind of knowing that you have as much right to remain in the UK as a person who was born here, regardless of future government policies.
Other advantages include:
- You can travel in and out of the UK freely and for a long as you want
- You can fully participate in all local and general elections and exercise your right to vote
- You will be eligible for all state benefits and healthcare
British Citizenship Law is complex and very challenging.
The effects of an avoidable error is far reaching, therefore our role is to boost your chances of success by helping you navigate this delicate legal maze as accurately as possible.
Expertise in this technical field of immigration law is essential for successful British Citizenship application.
Experience immigration lawyers at First Continental Solicitors are passionate about helping clients to gain citizenship.
We take the time needed to ensure that you understand the process and we will assist you with all the details required for application.
To meet the ‘continuous residency requirements,’ you will be required to show that you have lived in the UK for at least five years and during that time:
- spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those five years
- spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
If you are concerned about whether you meet the ‘continuous residency requirements’, please talk to one of our immigration law experts.
There is no statutory definition of ‘good character’ and no statutory guidance on the interpretation or application of the requirement.
There is, however, internal guidance to Home Office decision makers in the form of the Nationality Guidance (NG) Good character requirement, which provides information on how the requirement is applied in practice in relation to all relevant applications for British citizenship.
Things which may lead immigration officials to believe you are not of good character include (but are not limited to):
- a criminal conviction
- deception in your dealings with immigration officials
- financial matters including bankruptcy, debt, unlawful recourse to public funds, or non-payment of council tax
- notoriety in the local or wider community
If you have cause to believe that information contained in your application may mean that you fail to meet the good character requirement, kindly speak to one of our immigration lawyers, and we will be happy to help in any way possible.
Our knowledge and experience means that we can assist you with explaining your circumstances to the Home Office and it is very possible to become a British Citizen notwithstanding this types of obstacles.