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British citizenship how to apply?

Becoming a British citizen means having full rights to live and work in the UK. For many people, it is the result of years of hard work and contribution to British society. To ensure an application is successful, it is important to understand and satisfy all of the application requirements.

Naturalisation

Naturalisation is the most common way to obtain British citizenship. You will need to meet the following general requirements:

If your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen and you have lived legally in the UK for 5 years, you are entitled to ask for British citizenship, subject to proving your knowledge of English and the UK way of life and showing that you are of good character.

Other ways to qualify for British citizenship

There a number of other routes to British citizenship, including the following:

EU citizens applying for British citizenship following Brexit

An EU citizen now needs to hold or apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK before obtaining British citizenship. The application for settlement should be made via the EU Settlement Scheme by the deadline of 30 June 2021.

Submitting a British citizenship application

You can either submit your citizenship application yourself using Form AN or use the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services. Their nationality checking service makes sure applications for British nationality are completed correctly, with the right documents and fee. Alternatively, you can appoint an immigration lawyer. This is a good way of ensuring that your application is as strong as it can be and that all of the necessary documentation is included.

You will need to include some or all of the following documents:

Other documents may also be needed, depending on your individual situation. It is important to include the correct information, as the Home Office may reject incorrect applications and your application fee will not be refunded.

The decision is likely to take around six months and you may be contacted in the interim with a request for further documentation.

Yomi Oni-Williams has extensive experience in working with people to obtain British citizenship. If you would like our help in submitting a successful application, feel free to contact us to discuss.

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