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Becoming a British national is an important life event that grants the right to live and work in the UK permanently, without any immigration restrictions. Primus Solicitors can help you with your citizenship application, whether you’re applying for naturalisation or registration.
- Residency requirement
- Good character requirement
- English language requirement
- Life in the UK test
Our experienced solicitors can assess your eligibility and advise you on the best course of action.
There are different ways to apply for nationality based on your circumstances. Some of the common routes include:
- British citizenship by naturalisation
- British citizenship by marriage
- British citizenship by descent
- Register the child as a British citizen born in the UK.
- Register the child as a British citizen born abroad.
- Register the child as a British citizen after 10 years.
- Replace or correct a British citizenship certificate.
There are many other ways to become a British citizen, such as registering a person born to a British mother before 1983 or registering BNO as a British citizen. Contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility and discuss your options.
To apply for British nationality, you must have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application. If you’re a foreign spouse of a citizen, you may be able to apply after 3 years of lawful residence in the country. You must also not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years (or 270 days if you’re following the UK citizenship by marriage route) or more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months. Additionally, you must not have broken any UK immigration laws.
An applicant for naturalisation as a British citizen must satisfy the good character requirement to succeed in their application. The Home Office UKVI guidance sets out the types of conduct that must be considered when assessing whether a person has satisfied the requirement to be of good character.
If you’re applying for British nationality and you’re 18 or over, you may need to prove your knowledge of the English language. You can prove your knowledge of English by having an English qualification at the B1 level or a degree taught in English. If you’re aged 65 or over or unable to prove your knowledge of English due to a long-term physical or mental condition, you don’t need to prove your knowledge of English.
The Life in the UK test is a compulsory requirement for British citizenship applications. Its main objective is to prove that the applicant has adequate knowledge of British life, including British values, history, traditions, and everyday life.
- Proof of identity, such as a current valid passport, home Office travel document, birth certificate, or driving licence
- Biometric Residence Permit (BRP Card), if you’ve been issued one
- Proof of Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or settled status.
- Documents about absences from the UK
- Proof of knowledge of English
- Information related to the Life in the UK test.
Hire our specialist immigration lawyers to help you through this process and ensure a successful outcome for your Legal Assistance for your nationality Application. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you with your immigration matter.