The requirements for British Citizenship are extensive. In order to apply for British Naturalisation, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be 18 years-of-age or over at the time of your application
- Demonstrate good character, which means you cannot have a criminal record
- Granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, or have EEA Permanent Residence
- Not have broken any immigration laws, including overstaying any visa
- Be able to speak English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic
- Meet the residential qualifying period of five years (or three years as a spouse/civil partner of a British Citizen)
During the application, you must be able to demonstrate adequate knowledge of UK Life and the English Language.
If you are under 18 and do not have British Citizenship by birth, you may be able to register as a British citizen instead.
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. 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 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.