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British Citizenship: Guidelines and Requirements how to apply for Naturalisation by discretion

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Applicant must be at least 18 years old and have been granted indefinite leave to remain or have acquired a right of permanent residence in the UK in order to apply for British Citizenship.

Requirements to naturalise as a British Citizen

The applicant must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Full capacity
  • Meets the residence requirements or is serving outside the UK in Crown Service under the government of the UK
  • Of Good Character
  • Has sufficient knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic language, and can provide the required evidence to support this
  • Has sufficient knowledge of life in the UK and provides the required evidence to support it
  • Other requirements as well

Residence Requirements (under Section 6 (1) of BNA 1981) in order to naturalise as a British Citizen and apply for British Citizenship 

  • in the UK at the beginning of the period of 5 years ending with the date of the

Application

  • not absent from the UK for more than either:

o 450 days in that 5 year period

o 90 days in the period of 12 months ending with the date of application

  • not, on the date of application, subject under the immigration laws to any

restriction on the period of stay in the UK

  • not, at any other time in the 12 month period ending with date of application,

subject under the immigration laws to any restriction on their period of stay in

the UK

  • not at any time in the period of 5 years ending with the date of application, in

the UK in breach of the immigration laws.

Residence Requirements (under Section 6 (2) of BNA 1981) in order to naturalise as a British Citizen

The residence requirements which someone applying under section 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 are that the applicant was:

  • in the UK at the beginning of the period of 3 years ending with the date of

application

  • not absent from the UK for more than either:

o 270 in that 3-year period

o 90 days in the period of 12 months ending with the date of application

  • not, on the date of the application subject under the immigration laws to any

restriction on their period of stay in the UK

  • not, at any time in the period of 3 years ending with the date of application in

breach of immigration laws.

There are other requirements based on individual circumstances of immigration case of the applicant.

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