Applying for British Citizenship Application

Guide on the British Citizenship Application

Applying for British citizenship or nationality can be an ultimate immigration application for many migrants. Achieving British citizenship grants you full rights to live, work, and travel as a UK citizen. You can enter and leave the country without restrictions and enjoy the status that such esteemed citizenship offers. It is very rare that citizenship gets revoked; therefore, obtaining British citizenship will ensure you and your family feel secure.

For many people who have migrated to the UK and built a life here, the moment they qualify to apply for British citizenship is a culmination of years of hard work and planning.  Being denied citizenship after investing so much of your life into the process can be devastating.  Therefore, it is essential to prepare a quality application for naturalisation that improves chances of positive results.  At We Manage Your Visas, we can help you put together a strong application and collate all the required documentation.

What is the British Citizenship Ceremony?

To complete the process of becoming a British citizen, you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony. At the ceremony, you will take an oath or affirmation of allegiance to the Crown and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom. This is a formal promise to Her Majesty the Queen and the United Kingdom. Once you have taken the oath and given the pledge you, will be presented with your certificate of British citizenship, which is the legal evidence that you are a British citizen.

The cost of the Citizenship Ceremony is £80, which was paid at the time you submitted your application for British Citizenship.

You must bring a copy of the Citizenship ceremony invitation to the ceremony. If you do not, your ceremony will be postponed. You must also bring photo ID to the ceremony, as the registrar may ask to see this.Browse our partner-sponsored Glasses, with a variety of options to suit every taste and budget, available to buy online

British Citizenship Requirements – Eligibility for Naturalisation

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Have lived legally in the UK for at least five years
  • Have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for at least 12 months
  • Meet the residency requirements
  • Have proof of language proficiency:
    • nationality from an English-speaking country
    • OR an accepted English language degree
    • OR you have successfully passed an accredited English language test
  • Pass ‘Life in the UK’ test
  • Have a good character
  • Plan to live permanently in the UK

For details on these British citizenship requirements, our immigration law experts are happy to assist you.  Please contact us.

What are the ‘continuous residency requirements’ I must meet to obtain British Citizenship?

To meet the ‘continuous residency requirements,’ you need to show that you have lived in the UK for at least five years and during that time:

  • spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those five years or 270 days during the last three years
  • spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months

If you are concerned about whether you meet the ‘continuous residency requirements’, please talk to one of our immigration law experts.

What are the requirements for British citizenship by birth?

If you were born in the United Kingdom before 1 January 1983, you would be a British citizen by birth. If you were born inside the United Kingdom after 1 January 1983, you would be a British citizen by birth if at least one of your parents was a British citizen or settled in the UK when you are born.

What are the mandatory British citizenship by descent requirements?

A British citizen by descent is someone who was registered as a British citizen or who was born outside the UK to a British parent. If a British citizen by descent’s child is born overseas, they cannot normally pass their citizenship directly on, they may need to Register the child for British citizenship, if eligible. If the other parent is a British citizen otherwise than by descent, for example, someone British by birth, naturalisation or adoption, then that parent should be able to pass their citizenship directly on to the child.

For detailed information on the British citizenship requirements for individuals seeking citizenship by descent, please consult our immigration law experts.

What are the documents required to obtain British citizenship?

You will need to provide the following documents with your application (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Your passport/travel document and valid identity card (if applicable)
  • Proof you have Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency
  • Your Life in the UK test pass certificate
  • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • P60s for the previous six years, or five years if married to a British citizen
  • Payslips (if P60s do not cover the whole period)
  • Self-employed applicants require self-assessment statements for each year of the six /five years

Our team can assist you with collating the required documentation and ensure nothing is missed.

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