Becoming a UK citizen by Naturalization

Become a UK Citizen by Naturalisation

If you are not able to register as a British citizen you may still qualify to become a British citizen via the naturalization route. The naturalization route allows non-EEA nationals to become British citizens.


The system allows those with Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK to make their stay permanent and enjoy the benefits of being a British Citizen. In this article, we look at the process in more detail.


How long do I need to be in the UK for to qualify?


The minimum that you would need to be in the UK to apply for naturalization would be 12 months after receiving Indefinite Leave to Remain. The process of receiving ILR usually takes 5 years, but there are exceptions to that and it is possible for it to take significantly less time than that depending on the visa route that you used to enter the UK.


Can I have gaps in my stay?


You can have short absences from the UK but you need to bear in mind that you can have no more than 450 days outside of the UK in the past 5 years. In addition, you cannot be out of the UK for more than 90 days in the last 12 months.


Do I need to pass any tests?


As part of the application process, you will need to pass the “Life in the UK” test. The test is designed to ensure that you are fully conversant in the British way of life and that you can live in the county as a British citizen.


What are my rights if I am successful?


You will have the same rights as a British citizen including the ability to have a British passport. Until Brexit happens, you will also have EEA rights to travel between member countries without a visa. After Brexit, it is unclear as to what rights British passport holders will have.


How much will it cost to apply?


The application fee is £1282 and you will also need to pay extra for a Biometric Residence Permit. Currently, the fee for Biometric Residence Permit is £19.20. It is also worth paying for us to take a look at your application and ensure that it has been made correctly to maximize your chances of acceptance. This will be an additional charge to the application fee, but is worth the peace of mind is worth every penny, we can help ensure that all errors are rectified and correct documents submitted.


How we can help


As immigration solicitors, we can help to curate your application for naturalization and make sure that everything is in place for you to make a successful application. If you would like to talk to somebody today about naturalization or indeed any other immigration query then please get in touch.