Naturalisation is the most common procedure for obtaining UK citizenship if a person,
aged 18 and over, doesn't have a British parent and was born
- A minimum of five years of living in the UK before
day of application;
- To present in the UK on the day five years before
Home Office receives the application;
- No breach of the immigration laws before applying in the
- To have no time limitations to reside in the United Kingdom, i.e.
settled, for the 12 months before making
the application and on the date of application;
- To spend less than 450 days outside the UK before
completing the application in five years;
- To spend less than 90 days outside the UK before
completing the application in the 12 months;
- Intention to continue to live in the UK, excluding applicants via a
spouse visa route;
- Pass of the Life in the UK test, if not
- To satisfy the English Language knowledge requirements;
- To met good
- To have two
- Proof of identity and permanent residence statuses;
- Proof that you have ILR or EU Settled Status;
- Evidence of previous immigration status and your right to
remain in the UK, and any visa you had before settling in the UK;
- Proof of the following knowledge:
- English language;
- Life in the UK.
- Proof of lawful residence in the UK during the qualifying period;
- Travel details any period of absence you have spent outside the UK;
- Provide letters about your current employment, from your education
establishment or bank statements.
* 'Good character' requirements
The British Nationality Act 1981 includes a good character requirement
which applies to registration and naturalisation applications for persons over ten years
date of application.
Generally, the following key areas
will be assessed and considered:
- International crimes, terrorism and other non-conducive activity;
- Financial soundness;
- Deception and dishonesty;
- Immigration-related matters;
** Referees for UK citizenship application. Who is qualified?
Two referees need to meet the following requirements:
- Have known each other (applicant and referee) for at least three years;
- Cannot be related to the applicant;
- Not convicted of an imprisonable offence (in the last ten years) before
- One of the referees must have an occupation from a list of suitable
professional person occupations, such as
solicitor, barrister, accountant, dentist, director of a VAT registered company,
or social worker;
- Cannot be employed by the Home Office;
- Both of them don't have to be British citizens;
- One of your referees must be a UK national with a British passport.
must be either 25 years old or an accredited professional.
Adoption - a child automatically becomes a British citizen if a UK citizen adopts them.
- The adoption is not informal or temporary;
- The child is the child of the adoptive
- The legal relationship with the birth family
- One of the adoptive parents is a British
citizen otherwise than by descent;
- Consent from the current parents;
- There is no reason to refuse on character
- All relevant adoption laws have been adhered
British citizens are classed as:
British citizenship by descent applies automatically
- An individual is born outside the UK;
- One or both parents are British citizens otherwise than by descent*.
* British citizens otherwise than by descent
British citizenship otherwise than by descent is more privileged than British citizenship by
It allows someone to pass British citizenship onto their child born overseas automatically.
A person can be a British citizen otherwise than by descent in the following circumstances:
- If born or adopted in the UK before 1 January 1983;
- If born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983 to a
parents were married, a father who was a British citizen or settled in the UK;
- If born in the UK on or after 1 July 2006, where
a British citizen or settled in the UK;
- If has been given Citizenship after applying for it
right - by being naturalised or registered as a British citizen.
After holding settled status in the UK for at least 12 months, you can apply for British
This requirement applies also to those who have had EU-settled status.
Normally, three to six months takes time for British
Perform the following steps:
If your application is approved:
- Receive an invitation for the Ceremony;
- Attend a Citizenship ceremony;
- Obtain your Certificate of Naturalisation or Registration.
Check with your country's regulations if you can hold
your status in the UK because each country has its own rules associated with dual nationality.
Dual Citizenship is permitted in the UK, so renouncing previous nationalities is not
also allows multiple citizenships.