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Naturalisation as a British Citizen

Obtain British Citizenship

Discover how to become a UK citizen and understand the requirements for applying for British citizenship.

Becoming a British Citizen: An Overview

Becoming a British citizen is a significant milestone in many people’s lives. This step provides a sense of belonging, security, and participation in the UK’s societal fabric. It gives access to a British passport, opening doors to travel opportunities worldwide.

Naturalisation as a British Citizen: A Key Pathway

Most individuals achieve British citizenship through a process known as naturalisation. We provide an in-depth look into the naturalisation process, guiding you through eligibility requirements, application procedures, and necessary documentation.

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You must check with your country of origin to see if you can hold dual nationality, as some countries do not allow this. The UK will enable you to have multiple nationalities.

How to Become British: The Basic Requirements

Before applying for British citizenship, it’s essential to understand the prerequisites. We unravel the basic requirements, from residency to English language proficiency and the ‘good character’ clause.

The UK nationality regulations vary and are not strictly connected to the UK immigration rules. Consequently, there are essentially two distinct sets of criteria to fulfil when submitting a UK Citizenship application, depending on whether you are married to a British national or not. We explore both below.

Suppose you are married to a British or Settled person when you apply for UK Citizenship. In that case, you are usually permitted to apply for British Citizenship immediately after being granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), Settled Status or Permanent Residency.

The essential eligibility requirements to apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen if married to a British national or Settled person are:

  • You must have been lawfully resident in the UK for at least three years;
  • Have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), Settled Status or Permanent Residency;
  • Have not been absent from the UK for more than 270 days over the three years preceding the date that you submit your British Citizenship application*.
  • Have not been absent from the UK for more than 90 days in 12 months before the date you apply for British Citizenship*;
  • Be physically present in the UK on the date that you submit your British Citizenship application to the Home Office online, and you were also in the UK three years before that date; and
  • Meet the criteria of ‘good character’.

 

*If the number of days absent from the UK exceeds the requirements, there is potential for submission of a discretionary application whereby we submit comprehensive representations to the Home Office requesting that your application is approved. These applications are more complex, and the viability will vary depending on individual circumstances. Please get in touch to arrange a call with one of our nationality experts who will assess your circumstances and likelihood of success if you apply for UK Citizenship.

If you are not married to a British national or Settled person at the time you apply for British citizenship, the following requirements must be met:

  • You must have been lawfully resident in the UK for at least five years;
  • Have held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), Settled Status or Permanent Residency for one year;
  • Have not been absent from the UK for more than 450 days over the five years preceding the date that you submit your application*.
  • Have not been absent from the UK for more than 90 days in 12 months before the date you apply for UK Citizenship*;
  • Be physically present in the UK on the date that you submit your British Citizenship application to the Home Office online, and you were also in the UK five years before that date; and
  • Meet the criteria of ‘good character’.

 

*If the number of days absent from the UK exceeds the requirements, there is potential for submission of a discretionary application whereby we submit comprehensive representations to the Home Office requesting that your application is approved. These applications are more complex, and the viability will vary depending on individual circumstances. Please contact one of our nationality experts, who will assess the years before you submit your British Citizenship, your circumstances, and the likelihood of success if you apply for British Citizenship.

Applying for British Citizenship: The Process

Application procedures can be complicated, but at Immtell, we simplify the process. This section breaks down the steps to becoming a British citizen, including the citizenship test and the application process’s costs.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may be able to apply for British Citizenship. The application process is typically as follows:

Home Office Sponsorship Licence Application Submission
01. Apply Online

Complete an online application form, submit the form and pay the relevant government fee.

Home Office Sponsorship Licence Collate Supporting Documents
02. Book an Appointment

You'll need to book an appointment to attend an application centre to provide your biometrics (photograph and finger scans).

Home Office Sponsor Licence Send Documents to UKVI
03. Upload Documents

Upload your supporting documents to the government’s system.

Home Office Sponsor Licence Decision Processing Time
04. Attend an Appointment

At the allotted time, attend an appointment at an application centre in the UK.

Home Office Sponsorship Licence Decision Outcome
05. Home Office Considers The Application

The Home Office should process the application within six months.

Attend citizenship ceremony
06. Attend a Citizenship Ceremony

If approved, you receive approval notification and an invitation to attend a British Citizenship ceremony, usually at a local authority office close to where you live. During the citizenship ceremony, you will receive your Certificate of Naturalisation as a British Citizen.

Apply for first British passport
07. Apply for a British Passport

You are free to apply for your first British passport if you wish to.

Pricing

Navigating the path to British citizenship can be complex, and we’re here to simplify it for you. Immtell offers two specialised service packages to suit your unique needs when applying for British citizenship. Whether you’re looking for comprehensive, end-to-end support or need expert feedback on your application, we’ve got you covered.

🔍 Full End-to-End Support: Our comprehensive service package provides extensive support and advice throughout the citizenship application process. From initial consultation to final submission, we’re with you every step of the way, ensuring your application is accurate, complete, and ready for approval.

📝 Application Review and Feedback: Our review service is ideal if you’re confident in handling your application but seek professional assurance. We’ll thoroughly assess your completed application, offer detailed feedback, and guide you on any necessary improvements to enhance your chances of success.

💡 Transparent and Tailored Pricing: We believe in clear and upfront pricing. Our two packages are designed to meet different needs and budgets, allowing you to choose the best service. Our prices below are typical; however, they may vary depending on the complexity of your application.

📞 Take the Next Step Towards Citizenship: Ready to start your journey to British citizenship? Contact us to discuss which service best aligns with your needs, and let us guide you towards a successful application.

Immtell's Professional Fees

Full Service

End to End Application Support
£ 1,600 + VAT
  • Eligibility assessment
  • Advice on English language and Life in the UK Test requirements (if applicable)
  • Assessment of absences
  • Application preparation and online submission
  • Appointment booking
  • Responding to queries from the Home Office
  • Review of issued documents and provide guidance on booking citizenship ceremony
  • Sharing of schedule of absence spreadsheet with formulas
Best Value

Review Only

Expert Review of Your Application
£ 500 + VAT
  • Specialist review of your prepared application
  • Assess application against the relevant rules and legislations
  • Provide feedback and recommendations for improvement (if applicable)

Estimated Government Fees

Your Journey to British Citizenship with Immtell

Immtell is your trusted ally on the journey to British citizenship. With a seasoned team of regulated immigration professionals, we offer guidance and support tailored to your unique circumstances. Navigating the labyrinth of the application process can be daunting, but our expertise simplifies this challenge.

From understanding the requirements of naturalisation to managing application intricacies, we are committed to illuminating the path to British citizenship. We are well-versed in overcoming the hurdles applicants may face, and our mission is to ensure your application’s success.

If you’re considering naturalising as a British citizen, you should be able to fulfil your aspirations with the experts at Immtell. Don’t leave your future to chance – let us guide you towards achieving your dream of becoming a British citizen. Please contact us today to start this life-changing journey.

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