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If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national and you are married to a British citizen, you may be eligible to apply for British Citizenship by marriage. This process is known as British Naturalisation.
Naturalisation is the process of becoming a citizen of another country. Applying for British Naturalisation in the UK will mean you can live and work anywhere in the UK free from immigration controls. You can apply for British Citizenship by marriage if you are married or in a Civil Partnership with a British Citizen. To do this, you must have lived in the UK for a minimum of three years while holding Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
Our team of immigration lawyers can help you on your journey towards gaining British Citizenship by marriage. We will make sure that you are fully prepared for the Life in the UK test, English Language requirements and the Naturalisation application process. One of our expert lawyers will work with you to ensure that there are no issues with your application and that it is completed to the highest standard before submission. He/she will also gather all your information and use it to write a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. This will support your application, by citing any relevant immigration laws which back-up your case and discussing its merits. With IAS, your chances of success will be maximised.
In order to make your application, you must meet the following criteria:
During the application, you must be able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of the UK by passing the ‘Life in the UK’ test and meeting the English Language requirements.
Your Naturalisation application can only be completed by post, so you will need to gather all of your supporting documents in advance of your Naturalisation application. You will need to complete Form AN, Application for Naturalisation as a British Citizen, which is 30 pages long and includes guidance notes and an accompanying booklet.
Before completing your Naturalisation application, you may need to complete a language test and the Life in the UK test. You will also need to gather your travel details for the past five years, so it’s worth gathering this information in advance of your application.
You should make a copy of your completed Naturalisation application before submitting it by post. Once you have submitted it, the UK Home Office will complete checks on your application, including looking into your criminal record to see if there is any reason you wouldn’t be eligible for British Naturalisation. If approved, you will be invited to a Citizenship ceremony where you will be presented with a Certificate of Naturalisation. After this, you will be able to apply for a British passport, which is the most popular proof of ID for British citizens.
British Naturalisation processing times can vary. After sending your application it can take up to four weeks to receive confirmation. After that, a decision on your Naturalisation application will usually take around 6 months. You may be invited to attend an interview where you will need to speak without an interpreter during this process. After you have received your certificate of citizenship, you can apply for your first British passport.
Applying for British Naturalisation can be very complex and often very stressful. At IAS, our team of specialist lawyers are dedicated to helping relieve this stress.
Get in touch by calling 0333 363 8577 or making an enquiry online to speak with an immigration lawyer about your application for British Citizenship by marriage.
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