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Becoming a British Citizen

Do You Want to Become a British Citizen and Would Like Advise and Assistance?  I Can Help You

Are you thinking of applying to naturalise as a British citizen? 

Do you want to ensure that you meet all of the requirements and have the right documents to support your application? 

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Become a British Citizen

Becoming a British citizen after having permanent residency/settlement in the UK is the usual route for some people. However, many people mistakenly believe that this is an automatic right, when in fact, becoming a British Citizen is at the discretion of the Home Secretary. 

What does being a British Citizen mean? It means that you have the right to permanently live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, since you have what is otherwise known as a right of abode in the UK. Providing you meet all of the requirements under the British Nationality Act (1981) to become a British citizen, you may be able to apply for British citizenship through either the process of naturalisation or registration.


If you were born outside the UK, and have legally lived continuously in the UK for 5 years or more, and you have had had Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Permanent Residency for at least 12 months thereafter, (6 years' continuous stay in the UK in total), you may be eligible to apply for British Citizenship. For an application to be successful, you must also meet the various requirements for naturalisation, as listed below. 

You must:
  • Be aged 18 or over; and
  • Be of sound mind & good character; and
  • Intend to continue living in the UK; and
  • Have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK; and
  • Be able to acceptably communicate in English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic, unless exempted; and
  • Meet the residential qualifying period of 5 years (or 3 for spouses/civil partners of a British citizen); and
  • Have had Indefinite Leave to Remain/permanent residency in the UK for at least 12 months


Alternatively, you may be able to register as a British citizen instead of applying for naturalisation. 

There are various complicated categories here including if you are a British Overseas citizen or Overseas Territory citizen, or you have previously given up your citizenship, or you are a person who is stateless. You can also register if you were born in the UK and your parents are settled in the UK,  or if you were born outside of the UK to British parent/s before the 1st of July 2006. 

Each category has different requirements that must be met. If you believe you have a case, and would like a free assessment, call Melanie TODAY on 0203 302 6864 and 07761 308 670 for a confidential, no-obligation chat, or complete the enquiry form, below. 

EEA Nationals and their Dependant Family Members

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 5-year period, then you will automatically have permanent residence status without applying for any certification from the Home Office. 

However, before applying for naturalisation as a British Citizen, you must have a permanent residency document or permanent residency card confirming such status, as otherwise, your application will be refused. 

If you would like to speak to an experienced Immigration Solicitor, please complete the enquiry form below, or call Melanie TODAY for a no-obligation, confidential chat, on 0203 302 6864 and 07761 308 670.

Applying for a British Passport- When & When Not to Apply

When To Apply:

Once you have obtained the British citizenship certificate, you will be able to apply for a British passport. This is the most acceptable evidence of British citizenship although, alternatively, you may be able to apply for a nationality status document if you do not have the right documentation to apply for a passport. 

When Not to Apply:

Many people mistakenly believe that after they have had ILR or settlement status in the UK, that they can automatically apply for a British passport without first applying to naturalise as a British citizen. 

This is a costly mistake to make, since the fees to the Home Office for such applications, once submitted, cannot be refunded. 
The law and immigration requirements for British Citizenship can be extremely complex and using the services of an immigration expert is highly recommended. I offer competitive, fixed fee rates to suit your budget and needs, including an instalment payment plan. 

Make that step towards your future today. Complete the enquiry form below or call Melanie for a confidential, no-obligation chat on 020 3302 6864 and 07761 308 670

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