British Citizenship

Once you have successfully obtained British Citizenship you are able to work, live and access public funds as well as raising your dependent children in the UK; without any immigration restrictions. This is known as a right of abode. 

There are different ways in which you can apply for British Citizenship based in your circumstances. If you are eligible to apply in more than one way, you choose which way you wish to apply.

You may be able to apply for British Citizenship by ‘Naturalisation’ if either 

You moved to the UK on a visa, or

You are from a European Economic Area (EEA) country


In order to be eligible, generally, you need to have lived in the UK for the last five years and must:

Have held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for the last 12 months, or

Have held a Permanent Residence Status for the last 12 months if from the EEA

You may be able to apply as a spouse or civil partner of a British citizen instead for which you are only required to have lived in the UK for the last three years and must:

Have ILR, or A Permanent Residence document if from the EEA


How Can We Help You Apply For British Citizenship?

One of our immigration experts will help you through the application process for British Citizenship, assessing your eligibility, check through your documentation and complete your application form to the highest standard.  We will prepare a letter of Representation to accompany your application, which will highlight the strength of your application, describing your merits and including any relevant law in support of this. We can also assist you by helping you to prepare for both your Life in the UK test and your English Language test. For more detailed information on the requirements for British citizenship.

Call 0333 414 9244 or make an enquiry to begin your journey towards becoming a British Citizen.


FAQs

What is British Citizenship?

Naturalisation is the process of becoming a citizen of another country. For people coming to the UK, British Naturalisation is a process that will allow them to live and work in the UK free from immigration controls. Unless you are British by descent, you will have to apply for British Naturalisation to become a British citizen. There are various requirements you must meet to be eligible to apply for Naturalisation. You must:

  • be aged 18 or over;
  • be of sound mind and good character;
  • intend to continue living in the UK;
  • have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK;
  • be able to acceptably communicate in English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic; and
  • meet the residential qualifying period of five years (three for spouses/civil partners of a British Citizen).
  • Be free from immigration time restrictions on the day you make your application

If you are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, or you are the family member of such a person, and you have exercised EEA free-movement rights in the UK for a continuous five year period you will automatically have Permanent Residence status. However, you must hold this status for 12 months before applying for Naturalisation.

How do I apply for British Citizenship?

To apply for British Citizenship you will need to meet the requirements specified by the Home Office. You will be required to complete a paper application and include the required evidence and photographs.


Can I have Dual Nationlity as a British Citizen?

When you are granted British Citizenship you will not normally lose you existing citizenship unless the country of which you were a national requires you to do so as they may refuse to recognize your  new nationality.


Are there any other routes in which I may be eligible to apply for British Citizenship?

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if:

  • You were born in the UK, depending on when you were born and your parent’s circumstances
  • You have a British parent
  • You are Stateless
  • You have another type of British nationality
  • You gave up (renounced) your citizenship
  • If you are a Commonwealth citizen you may be eligible to apply under the Windrush Scheme If both:
  • You or one of your parents arrived in the UK before 1973
  • You have lived in the UK and not spent more than two years away from the UK

If it was your parent who arrived in the UK before 1973, you must have:

  • Been born in the UK, or
  • Arrived in the UK before you were 18

Contact one of our immigration experts to discuss your eligibility today on  or fill in our online contact form 


Can I register as a British Citizen?

An alternative to applying for British Citizenship is registering as a British Citizen which consists of complicated categories that apply to certain individuals. These categories include British Overseas, a Stateless person, a child under the age of 18, if you have given up your British Nationality. This category also includes a child born in the UK to non-British parents or on a dependent child visa. These cases can be very complex and seeking advice is recommended as each category requirements must be met.


I am an EEA national, when can I apply for British Citizenship?

As an EEA national you will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship once you have satisfied the five year residence requirement, during which you will be exercising your Treaty rights by demonstrating what you have been doing during the five years. 

You must not have spent more than 90 days within any 12 month period outside of the UK and not more than 450 days during the five years.

Once you have exercised you have met the residence requirement you may wish to apply for Permanent Residency. Once this has been held for 12 months you can apply to become a British Citizen so long as all other criteria have been met; including English language requirements. There are different requirements if you are a partner or spouse of a British Citizen so we recommend you seek professional advice.

Usually, as an EEA national you will be eligible to become a British Citizen once you have been living in the UK for a period of five years or more from the date of your application.

Contact one of our Immigration experts today on  or fill in our online contact form.

How can Alexandra & Spencer help?

Here at Alexandra & Spencer we assist many applicants from start to completion for British Citizenship by assessing your eligibility, check through your documentation and complete your application form to the highest standard.  We will prepare a letter of Representation to accompany your application, which will highlight the strength of your application, describing your merits and including any relevant law in support of this. We can also assist you by helping you to prepare for both your Life in the UK test and your English Language test. For more detailed information on the requirements for British citizenship.

Call 0333 414 9244 or make an enquiry to begin your journey towards becoming a British Citizen.

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