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.
Can You apply for British Citizenship straight after ILR?
If applicant is married to a British citizen, then they can apply for British Citizenship by Naturalisation as soon as they have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain. They will need to satisfy all the other requirements for British Citizenship by Naturalisation. If they are not married to a British citizen, they will need to have been free of immigration time restrictions for at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of their application. This means that applicant will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship by Naturalisation 12 months after being granted ILR.
How many days You can stay outside the UK for British Citizenship?
In order to qualify for UK Citizenship, Applicant will need to have spent not more than 90 days outside the UK during the 12-month period immediately before the date of their application for British Citizenship by Naturalisation. If they are not married to a British citizen, applicant will also need to have not been away from the UK for more than 450 days during the preceding 5 years. If they are married to a British citizen, then they will need to have spent not more than 270 days outside the UK in the previous 3 years.
What is the good character requirement for British Citizenship?
An applicant who wishes to naturalise as a British Citizen must be of ‘good character’. ‘Good character’ is not defined in the Act, but Home Office nationality policy guidance explains how the ‘good character’ requirement will be assessed. This contains a non-exhaustive list of conduct that will mean that an applicant is not of ‘good character’ including criminality, terrorism, financial soundness, notoriety, deception and dishonesty and immigration-related matters. It is important that the good character requirement is considered carefully in any application for British Citizenship by Naturalisation as apparently innocuous matters can lead to an adverse decision.
Is there any flexibility in the criteria for British Citizenship by Naturalisation?
The Secretary of State has a discretion to treat applicants for UK Citizenship as meeting some of the requirements even where those requirements are not met. This includes:
The Secretary of State has a discretion to waive the language and life in the UK requirements on grounds of the applicant’s age, physical or mental condition.
The Secretary of State has no discretion to waive, or to treat applicants as meeting, the following requirements:
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