What is British Citizenship?
Naturalisation is the process of becoming a citizen of another country. For people coming to the UK, British Naturalisation is a process that will allow them to live and work in the UK free from immigration controls. Unless you are British by descent, you will have to apply for British Naturalisation to become a British citizen. There are various requirements you must meet to be eligible to apply for Naturalisation. You must:
- be aged 18 or over;
- be of sound mind and good character;
- intend to continue living in the UK;
- have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK;
- be able to acceptably communicate in English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic; and
- meet the residential qualifying period of five years (three for spouses/civil partners of a British Citizen).
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 five year period you will automatically have Permanent Residence status. However, you must hold this status for 12 months before applying for Naturalisation.
Read our guide on completing the application form for British Citizenship.