Naturalisation is the process of an immigrant converting from having Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) to becoming a British citizen. This process is able to be completed after the applicant has had Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months. The process allows them to become a British citizen and gain access to the same rights as any other British citizen.
What is the eligibility criteria for Naturalisation?
There are several criteria that you will need to satisfy in order to become a naturalised British citizen. First and foremost, you will need to have had Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK for at least 12 months. You will also need to have not spent more than 540 days outside of the country in the previous 5 years – this is to ensure that you are indeed normally resident in the UK and ensure that you have, and will more than likely continue to live in the UK as a British citizen.
Do I need to pass any tests to become a naturalised citizen?
Yes, there is a set test that you will need to take and it is based on what should be common knowledge to those who live and work in the United Kingdom. it is called the “Life in the UK” test and it will form a part of your application for naturalisation as a British citizen.
How much does it cost to apply?
It cost £1,330 to apply to become a naturalised citizen. Once you have applied you will find out whether your application has been successful or not. You will normally receive confirmation within 4 weeks that your application has been received and should receive a response within 6 months.
What if I am turned down?
If you are turned down for a naturalised citizenship then please get in touch, we may be able to help you with your application or even appeal the decision that is being made. More often than not it will be a simple error that has caused an issue or you’ve spent too long outside of the country – in either case, please get in touch to discuss your case further and we will see if there’s a way which we can help you.
Will I be entitled to a British passport?
Yes, you will be entitled to a British passport as you will now be a naturalised British citizen if you’re successful and as such you will have the same rights as any other British citizen which includes the ability to apply for a British passport.
How we can help
As specialist immigration advisors, we can help with your application for naturalisation in the UK. With years of experience, our advisors have dealt with many cases that will be indeed very similar to yours and will be able to help you with any queries you may have. So for help or advice please get in touch today and we can help you with your case.