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Naturalisation

British Citizenship under the British Nationality Law

Apply for Naturalisation to become a British Citizen

If you are over 18 and have obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain or Permanent Residence/Settled Status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for Naturalisation to become a British Citizen. 

If you are married to a British Citizen then you can apply for UK Naturalisation as soon as you have ILR, however you will have to wait for 12 months before you can apply for Naturalisation if you are not married to a British Citizen.

You will need to make sure you have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 years if you are married to a British Citizen otherwise 5 years when applying for a UK Naturalisation application.

There are of course different ways to apply for citizenship depending on circumstances and we can advise you correctly in all circumstances ensuring you do not waste your money or time.

Requirements for Naturalisation

It is important to complete the application form correctly and provide the Home Office the correct fee and supporting documents so your application can be processed smoothly and quickly, Some of the requirements are listed below for British Naturalisation application and may vary depending on your circumstances:

  • Pass the Life in the UK Test, (if you did not submit this at the ILR stage)
  • Pass an English Test at minimum of B1 Level (if you did not submit this at the ILR stage) 
  • Confirm you have not been out of the UK for more than 270 days or 450 days over the last 3 or 5 years respectively, depending on if you are married or not married to a British Citizen
  • Confirm you intend to live in the UK permanently
  • Meet the Good character requirement
  • Provide 2 Referees 

British Nationality and Citizenship applications can take upto 6 months to process once these applications are submitted to the UK Visa & Immigration authorities but most of our clients receive their decisions within 3-4 months of submitting their application. 

The exact requirements will depend on your individual circumstances and we will be able to advise you on these once you instruct us as your Immigration Lawyer.

What we can do for you for a successful Naturalisation Application

We can initially advise you about the strength of your Naturalisation application. If there are likely to be any difficult issues we will advise you on these.

We can advise you about submitting the right documents so that you have the best possible application. 

It is our job to complete your application forms and also submit the application. This also includes advice on the Biometrics appointment. 

Our aim is to submit your application smoothly and in addition provide up to date information at all times. This way you do not need to keep up to date with the UKVI changes.

We remain available during and after the submission of your application and until a decision comes through.

A legal representation letter is vital and will support your application.

We will work hard and diligently and advise you fully on your application. This ensures you have the best chance of success.

Contact us to apply for Naturalisation

Why not give us a call and discover that we are the best Immigration Lawyers in London to assist with your British Citizenship application of Naturalisation. Our clients stem from all over the world. So if you are not in London do not worry, we can assist you wherever you are in the world. GSN Immigration has helped clients for UK Visas from all over the world. The country list includes Russia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, USA, Canada, Italy, Nigeria, Brazil, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Vietnam, China to name a few.

We have assisted many clients to apply for Naturlisation. We can also help you to apply for British citizenship.

Please contact us on info@gsnimmigration.co.uk or call us. You will discover that we are the right firm for your immigration matter. Speak to an experienced Immigration Lawyer/ Consultant / Adviser to bring your immigration matter to a successful conclusion.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Naturalisation Application?

UK Naturalisation application is a Citizenship application to become British Citizen.

I have Indefinite Leave to Remain can I apply for Naturalisation straight away?

If you are married to a British Citizen you can apply for a UK Nationality application (Naturalisation). If you are not married to a British Citizen you need to wait 12 months before you can submit your British Naturalisation application.

How to meet Good character requirements?

Good character requirement is one of the many important requirements to be met to apply for Naturalisation application and the British Nationality Act requires you to demonstrate that you have a good character in order to obtain British Citizenship. The Home Office considers your past residence and conduct in the UK to see if you have had any criminal records, any dishonesty in the Immigration applications, Financial conduct etc to see if you are a person with good character.

I am an EEA National and I have documents confirming I have Permanent residence in the UK, do I also need to apply for Naturalisation?

It depends, if you are an EEA National and would like to obtain British Nationality then you must apply for Naturalisation. A lot of applicants confuse Permanent stay with British Citizenship but these are two different things as holding Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain does not make you a British Citizen.

Do I need to provide any references to support my application?

Yes, you need to provide 2 references from different people who know you. 1 person can be a person of professional standing such as a Doctor, Accountant, Manager, Civil servant etc and 3nd person should be a British Citizen over the age of 25.

I want to apply for Naturalisation this year but I also have some travel plans, can I submit my Naturalisation application and travel if I need or want to?

Yes! You can travel while your Naturalisation application is processed by the Home Office as we can upload all your document’s scanned copies to the Home Office online portal this will allow you to keep hold of your original passport and travel as and when required. If the Home Office has any questions regarding your application and you are away our experienced and competent Immigration Lawyers will take care of it on your behalf.

 

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