Naturalisation as a British Citizen
There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common is called Naturalisation. You can apply for British citizenship by Naturalisation if you are 18 or over you are of good character, for example, you don’t have a serious or recent criminal record, and you have not tried to deceive the Home Office or been involved in immigration offences in the last 10 years. You must also meet the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements unless exempted. You must meet the residency requirement and you must usually have lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application. You must not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years and not have spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months. You must have settlement status or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK for the last 12 months.
If you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or had permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you are a citizen of an EEA country and you will need to provide a permanent residence document. You must also demonstrate that you have not broken any immigration laws while in the UK.
Our Practitioners can assist to carry out a comprehensive assessment of your circumstances and advice you on how to make a successful application under this category.