Main Conditions for Becoming a British Citizen

Updated on Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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To receive the British citizenship, certain conditions need to be considered by individuals who already lived in the UK for the last 5 years. If you want to apply for citizenship in the UK, it is recommended to ask details and information in this matter from our immigration solicitors in London who can also guide you throughout the entire process.


Requirements for citizenship in Great Britain

Obtaining the British citizenship means receiving the same rights as any individual living in the country, but specific conditions are imposed when applying, for instance:

•    you have the indefinite leave to remain status;
•    you have lived in the UK for at least five years;
•    you did not leave the country for more than 270 in three years;
•    you have passed the “Life in the UK” test;
•    you have a clear criminal record;
•    you intend to live in the country.

People married to British citizens will earn extra points when applying for citizenship in the UK, where it is necessary to make proof you have lived in the country for at least 5 years. We remind that the British citizenship applications are processed in about one year. No matter if you are married to a British or not and you intend to apply for citizenship, our UK immigration lawyer, can offer complete support in both situations.

British citizenship by naturalization

Any individual interested in obtaining citizenship in the UK by naturalization needs to be at least 18 years and to live in the country for at least five years plus one as a settled resident. The Nationality Checking Service in the UK is in charge of naturalization applications, where particular conditions need to be considered. For instance, strong knowledge of the English language and life in the UK, no problems with the immigration authorities and no more that 45 days outside the UK are the main conditions in the naturalization process.

Obtain British citizenship through registration

Instead of naturalization, individuals living in the UK might be interested in obtaining the British citizenship through registration, an easier procedure. This option is available for persons born after 1983, before 1983 to a British mother or for individuals known as stateless persons. Moreover, people with relations in Hong Kong or Gibraltar are also eligible to obtain the British citizenship through the registration process.

If you are interested in applying for British citizenship, we invite you to get in touch with our team of immigration solicitors in London for comprehensive information.


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