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The British citizenship requirements will vary depending on your individual circumstances. There are two processes you can go through to become a British citizen: registration and naturalisation. Registration is the most common route for children under 18 where naturalisation is more common for adults.
Once you have determined which process you need to apply through, you will need to meet the requirements related to it. These can include residence, English language ability, Life in the UK test and the good character requirement.
With IAS, your personal lawyer will advise you on the best route to apply for British Citizenship before managing your application for you. Your lawyer will inform you of the necessary documents and evidence to prove you meet the requirements.
To find out more, or to start your application for British Citizenship, call us on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online.
To meet the British Citizenship requirements, you usually need to have been born to a mother or father with British Citizenship or settled status.
For this route, you must have:
If you were born in the UK, and one or more of your parents has British Citizenship or Settled Status, you are automatically a British citizen.
This means that you do not have to register as a British citizen.
For all registration applications, you need to pay an extra fee of £19.20 for your biometric residence card.
The process of naturalising as a British citizen is generally more complex than the registration process. There are various factors involved when trying to meet the British citizenship requirements.
You can apply to naturalise as a British citizen if:
the residency requirements for naturalisation vary depending on your circumstances.
If you are applying via a Spouse Visa, the British Citizenship requirements usually include:
If you are applying from any other immigration route or visa category, you must have:
Read our Form AN guide for more information on naturalisation.
If you are applying for British Citizenship as a spouse, you will need the following documents:
If you are applying to become a British citizen through a different route, you will need the same documents. However, you will need to prove you have spent the last five years as a resident in the UK rather than three.
To meet the British Citizenship requirements, you need to show you are competent in English. You can do this with either:
Not every nationality of person needs to demonstrate that they meet English language requirements to become a citizen. For example, if your first language is English, you do not need to pass a test. The countries who are exempt from the tests are as followings:
There are other circumstances in which you will not need to pass the English test in order to meet the British citizenship requirements. These are:
Passing the Life in the UK test is a necessity for anyone who wants to meet the British Citizenship requirements.
during the test, you are asked 24 multiple-choice questions. These questions are about a range of topics: including British history, custom, tradition, geography, and culture.
You are given 45 minutes to answer these and you need a 75% pass-rate to succeed.
The British Citizenship application process usually takes around three months. However, this is the top estimate. Citizenship applications take significantly longer than many other visa applications because it is a far more complex procedure. When you become a British citizen, you are free from all immigration boundaries and gain full rights in the UK. As a result, UKVI are particularly cautious with which applications they choose to accept.
Once you have met the British Citizenship requirements and received your Certificate of Naturalisation or registered citizenship status at your citizenship ceremony, you can apply for a passport.
This process should usually take a maximum of six weeks, and the UKVI may invite you to a separate interview for this.
Applying for British Citizenship is one of the most important processes you will undertake. Our service will ensure you are in the best position to meet the British Citizenship requirements before you apply.
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For more information on whether you meet the British Citizenship requirements, contact us online or by calling 0333 363 8577 today.
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