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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. If you are British by descent, you may be able to simply register for British Naturalisation UK, but otherwise, you need to apply for British Naturalisation.
If you are a foreign national who has resided in the UK for five years or more and you have held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for a minimum of one year, you can apply for naturalisation as a British Citizen. You can also apply if you are married to a British Citizen, provided you have lived for a minimum of three years in the UK and hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
Our team of legal advisers can help you on your journey towards becoming a British Citizen. We will assess whether you are eligible for British Naturalisation and ensure that you are prepared for the Life in the UK test and English Language test.
The requirements for British Citizenship are extensive. In order to make your British naturalisation application, you must meet the following criteria:
If you are under 18 and do not have British Citizenship by birth, you may be able to register as a British citizen instead.
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 an IELTS 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 UK.
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 six months.
You may be invited to attend an interview and 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.
A British Naturalisation application can be very complex and often very stressful. At IAS, our team of specialist immigration lawyers are dedicated to relieving this stress.
We will check your eligibility for British Naturalisation and support you throughout your application process. This will include:
We will closely assist you with every stage of your British Naturalisation UK application. We will also ensure that you are prepared for the Life in the UK test and that you meet the English Language requirements to become a British Citizen.
Contact us today to begin your application for British Naturalisation by speaking to one of our accomplished advice lawyers.
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