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To become a British citizen, you must meet the British Citizenship requirements, through either Naturalization or Registration. For over 18s, the most common route is Naturalization. There are many requirements for Naturalizing as a British citizen. These include proof of English Language ability (if necessary) and the ‘Life in the UK’ test.
There is also a continuous residence requirement. This means you will need to have lived in the UK for five consecutive years and held settled status for at least one.
How can IAS help?
We at IAS understand that applying for British Citizenship is one of the most important processes you will undergo. Our lawyers are dedicated to making sure you meet the requirements for British Citizenship before you apply. We can give you professional guidance for every step of your application.
Call +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online for specialist advice on the British Citizenship requirements.
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Those with British Citizenship are able to live, work and study freely in the UK. They are also entitled to vote and can access the NHS without having to pay the NHS surcharge.
Once you have been naturalized, you will be able to travel free of the Immigration Rules.
If you meet the British Citizenship requirements, it can be a useful way of regularizing your stay in the country indefinitely.
Once you have British Citizenship, you will most often hold Dual Nationality. If your country of origin does not allow you to hold Dual Nationality, you will have to renounce your previous nationality as part of your application.
Your children will also be eligible for British Citizenship by birth and you can apply for a British passport.
Applying for British Citizenship will vary depending on your previous circumstances. This includes your current immigration status, country of origin and your age. If you meet the British Citizenship requirements, you will need to register or apply for Naturalization.
When applying as the spouse of a British citizen, there are different British Citizenship eligibility requirements to meet.
To find out if you meet the requirements for British citizenship for either Registration or Naturalization, get in touch using our online inquiry form today.
The fees for this application will differ when applying from inside or outside of the UK. Currently, an adult applying for British Citizenship from within the UK will pay:
- £1,330 for Naturalization
- £1,206 for Registration
This fee covers the Home Office fees and the Citizenship ceremony you will be required to attend.
All payments to the Home Office are non-refundable and will be subject to your circumstances when applying.
For your child to be eligible for British Citizenship by descent, they must have at least one parent with settled status or British Citizenship at the time of their birth. If your child is not eligible for British Citizenship by birth, you will need to register them when they meet the British Citizenship requirements.
To fulfill the requirements for British citizenship after their birth, you will need to gain settled status in order to register them.
Find out more about applying for British Citizenship for your child born abroad.
The requirements for British Citizenship by marriage are slightly different from the usual. The most significant difference is the continuous residence requirement. The spouse of a British citizen only needs to show three years’ continuous residence for their application. However, you will still need to have held settled status for at least a year before your application.
Your application will also be dependent on your continued relationship with your spouse in the UK.
Find out more about British Citizenship by marriage.
The process of applying for British Citizenship is extensive, difficult and can be very stressful. We at IAS can help you ensure you meet the British Citizenship requirements before you begin your application. This will give you the best chance of success.
Our services include:
- A personal meeting with your lawyer, in person, over the phone or via Skype;
- Complete document check and organization of your evidence before you submit it to the Home Office;
- Professional completion of all your application forms;
- Detailed Letter of Representation. This document is written by your lawyer and references UK immigration law to support your case;
- Preparation for your ‘Life in the UK’ test and (if required) your English Language test;
- Handling all further contact with the Home Office until they reach a decision.
To ensure you meet the complex British Citizenship requirements before you make your application, or to find out more from an experienced immigration lawyer, call +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online.