British Citizenship

Do you qualify for British Citizenship status?
Find out how our experienced immigration lawyers can assist you in securing British nationality.


Applying for British Citizenship

You can be a British citizen by birth or apply for naturalisation. The second option will only apply to people after receiving an indefinite leave to remain or settlement status.

Our immigration lawyers help you become a British citizen by assessing whether or not you meet the requirements.  The rules vary according to your situation.


Eligibility

You can apply for British citizenship if:

  1. You were born in the UK

If you were born before 1983 or if born after 1st January 1983 and one of your parents was a British citizen or “settled” in the UK, then you’re a British citizen by birth.

if you are not a British citizen by birth, you can still apply for naturalisation if you are:

  • under 18 and one of your parents becomes a British Citizen or secures indefinite leave to remain or settle status in the UK Or;
  • You lived in the UK until you were ten years or older
  1. You married a British Citizen (or Someone with Settled Status)

If you are married to a British Citizen and have lived in the UK for the last 3 years, you can immediately apply for naturalisation once you have ILR or you have a settle status under the EU settlement scheme.

  1. You have an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

 In some immigration categories, you may qualify for ILR after completing 5 years of residency in the UK. You can apply for British citizenship after completing 12 months in the UK as an ILR holder.

  1. You have a “Settled Status” according to the EU Settlement Scheme

Once you receive your “settled status” for the EU Settlement Scheme, you can register for citizenship after continuing to live in the UK for 12 months.

Alternatively, you qualify for citizenship if you have lived as a permanent resident in the UK for a designated period (such as 5 years or more) before applying for the EU Settlement Scheme post-Brexit.


How Can Our Immigration Lawyers Help?

Applying for British citizenship can be complex as the rules change frequently. Having legal representation and qualified immigration solicitors can prove effective. We can help you collect relevant information for the application. Aside from this, we can maximise your chances of a successful application.

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