It is possible to become a British citizen by naturalisation or registration. Generally, naturalisation as a British citizen is only possible after obtaining either Permanent Residence (for EEA nationals) or ILR and only after 12 months from the issue date of the residence document.
We can help you make a successful application.
There are different ways on becoming a British Citizen. The most widely used is called 'Naturalisation'
You can apply via Naturalisation if:
You also must have:
You cannot include any time spent in the UK when you are exempt from immigration control as part of the 5 years.
Children under 18 will require their parents or legal guardians to apply on behalf of him/ her. They will not need to pass the Life in the UK Test
If you are married to, or the civil partner of, a British citizen, you can apply for citizenship if:
After your application you will be invited to book a place at a citizenship ceremony if your application is successful and you are over 18.
You will be allowed to take 2 guests with you.
Ceremonies are organised by your local council and are done in groups.
During the ceremony you will have to make an oath of allegiance (or you can make an affirmation If you prefer not to swear by God) and a pledge. This means you will promise to uphold and respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.
At the end of the ceremony you will be presented with your certificate of British Citizenship and a welcome pack.
After the ceremony you must immediately send your BRP card back to the Home Office.
After you receive your passport you will be no longer under control of UK immigration laws and you will be able to freely travel to and from the UK.
NATURALISATION after 5 years continuous residence plus 12 extra months after receiving ILR or PR
In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the UK on the basis of an investment in the UK, you will need to show that:
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