How Can I Become a British Citizen?
Once you have been in the UK for a considerable period of time, you may be wondering how you go about becoming a British citizen. Citizenship is an important step for those who wish to take it, and in this guide, we talk you through the process and eligibility criteria to become a British citizen.
What are the benefits of British citizenship?
British citizens enjoy many rights and privileges around the world and a British passport is very valuable. For now, at least it will also mean that you are an EEA national and can travel freely within the confines of the member states. After Brexit, it is unclear whether Brits will lose their travel rights to other EEA countries and this will become clearer with time.
Once you have British citizenship, you will no longer have to worry about spending extended periods outside of the country and no longer have to satisfy any visa requirements.
How do I go about getting British citizenship?
The process of becoming a British citizen is normally done by what is commonly known as “naturalization” and will allow you to have all the rights that British citizens enjoy. To apply for naturalization, you will need to be eligible under the following criteria;
- You are over 18
- Of good character (this will involve your criminal record and any immigration offenses in the last 10 years)
- You will continue to live in the UK
- Met the requirements of English language
- Met the life in the UK requirements
- Meet the residency requirement
- You must also have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the application date and spent no more than 450 days outside of the UK in those 5 years
- Spent no more than 90 days outside of the UK in the last 12 months
- Gained Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) over 12 months before the application
- Children under 18 do not need to pass the Life in the UK requirement
If you would like to make an application then please get in touch and we can help you to get started with your application to become a British citizen by naturalization.
There are also some countries and circumstances in which you will be able to register as a British citizen, these are;
- You have another form of British nationality (i.e. British overseas citizen)
- Were born before 1st January 1983 to a British mother
- Born to a British father, even if not married to your mother
- Born in the UK on or after the 1st of January 1983
- Under 18 years of age
- Have a connection with Gibraltar or Hong Kong
- Are stateless
The process is much easier for people who satisfy these criteria and they will not need to meet the requirements of naturalization such as the life in the UK requirement. If you are in doubt as to whether you are eligible to register as a British citizen then please get in touch and we can help.
How we can help you
For more information on the process of naturalization or registering as a British citizen then please get in touch. Our immigration specialist can help to guide you in the right direction with your application and offer practical support to help with your immigration query.