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British Citizenship and Naturalisation

At AWH Solicitors, our immigration experts have helped many individuals and families settle in the UK and helping them to become British citizens.

Have you been legally residing in the UK for over five years and thinking of becoming a British citizen? Our immigration solicitors are here to help!

We know the complexities of British immigration law can be overwhelming, which is why AWH Solicitors are here to offer you our expert assistance and guidance on your road to becoming a British citizen.

Whether you are requiring assistance in obtaining your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), your British Passport or you want to learn more about how to become a citizen through naturalisation, AWH’s immigration solicitors are here to help you.

Can you Apply for British Citizenship?

If you are a foreign national who has been living in the UK for a minimum amount of years, you may be wanting to apply for permission to settle here permanently, known as being granted permanent settlement or Indefinite Leave to Remain.

If you have previously been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in addition to having lived in the UK for a certain amount of time, you may be able to apply for British Citizenship.

You must also be ‘of good character’ and take an oath of allegiance at what is called a Citizenship Ceremony.

Your citizenship solicitor from AWH Solicitors will be by your side every step of the process to become a UK citizen.

You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if:

  • You are 18 or over, and
  • You are of good character, for example, you don’t have a serious or recent criminal record, and you haven’t tried to deceive the Home Office or been involved in immigration offences in the last 10 years, and
  • You will continue to live in the UK, and
  • You have met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements, and
  • You meet the residency requirement

Each persons circumstances are different. Get in touch so we can help you assess your eligibility for British citizenship.

  • If your spouse is a British citizen

    If you’re married to, or are the civil partner of, a British citizen, you can apply for citizenship if:

    • You are 18 or over
    • You are of sound mind, you are able to think and make decisions for yourself
    • You are of good character, for example you do not have a serious or recent criminal record
    • You have met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements
    • You have been granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK or permanent residence if you’re an EEA national
    • You meet the residency requirement

    Unless your spouse or civil partner works abroad either for the UK government or for an organisation closely linked to government, you must usually also have:

    • Lived in the UK for at least the three years before your application is received
    • Spent no more than 270 days outside the UK in those three years
    • Spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
    • Not broken any immigration laws while in the UK
  • How to apply

    There are three ways to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation:

    • Make an individual application
    • Use the Nationality Checking Service (NCS)
    • Use an agent or representative

    Make an individual application

    You must fill in Form AN - application for naturalisation as a British citizen.

    Apply using the NCS

    The NCS is run by local councils and they can help you make your application. Check if your local council has an NCS.

    Apply through an agent or representative

    An agent or representative is a private company or individual that can help you with your application and give you advice.

    Check if an agent or representative is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

    You can also use solicitors or barristers that aren’t registered with the OISC. These include:

    • General Council of the Bar
    • Law Society of England and Wales
    • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
    • Faculty of Advocates
    • Law Society of Scotland
    • General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland
    • Law Society of Northern Ireland

    The application fee for citizenship is £1,282.

  • Documents to provide

    To apply for British citizenship you must provide the following documents:

    • Evidence of identity
    • Evidence of knowledge of language and life in the UK
    • Evidence of lawful residence in the UK
    • Evidence of employment
    • Evidence of marriage or civil partnership if joint application

    Biometric information

    You must also provide your biometric information including fingerprints and a photo. This costs £19.20.

    The Home Office will tell you when you need to provide your biometric information. Your biometric information is only held until you’ve attended a citizenship ceremony.

  • After you have applied

    You will get a letter confirming your application. It can take up to four weeks for you to get the confirmation. A decision about your application will usually be made within six months, however some applications may take longer.

    You will be told if you need to provide more information to help with your application.

    You should also contact UK Visas and Immigration if your situation changes during your application. This can for example include a change of address or marriage.

    You might be asked to attend an interview where you will need to speak without an interpreter.

  • Citizenship ceremonies

    You will be invited to book a place at a citizenship ceremony if your application is successful and you’re over 18. You’re usually allowed to take up to two guests. You must take your invitation when you go to your ceremony.

    There’s a ceremony fee of £80.

    What you need to do after your citizenship ceremony

    Once you’ve got your certificate of British citizenship, send your biometric residence permit back to the Home Office.

    You must send your permit back within 5 working days of either:

    • Going to your citizenship ceremony
    • Getting your certificate of British citizenship

    Cut your biometric residence permit (BRP) into four pieces and put it in a windowless envelope. Include a note saying you are returning your permit because you have become a citizen.

    The note needs to include your name, date of birth and the document number, located on the front of the card.

How AWH Solicitors can Help You

Our expert solicitors have managed many applications for British citizenship. We have completed and submitted a large array of applications on our clients’ behalf with successful outcomes as a result.

To learn more about how we can help you become a citizen of the United Kingdom call us today. You can call us on 0844 414 0667 or request a call back for a time that suits you best.

What You Need to Prove

In addition to meeting the above requirements, you must usually have to prove that you:

  • Lived in the UK for at least the five years before the date of your application
  • Spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those five years
  • Spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • Have been settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK for the last 12 months if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Have held permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you’re a citizen of an EEA country – you need to provide a permanent residence document
  • Not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

There are different requirements if your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen and you can apply on behalf of a child under 18 if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Dependent children do not have to pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test.

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