Can I apply to become a British citizen after obtaining ILR as a Skilled Worker dependant?

10 Oct 2023, 37 mins ago

The ability to relocate to the UK with family members is a key consideration for those accepting permanent work here. In recognition of this, both Skilled Workers and their partners can qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), and subsequent British citizenship, after completing the requisite period of residence in the UK.

Where you have relocated to the UK at the same time as your Skilled Worker partner, it will take a minimum of six years for you to be eligible to naturalise as a British citizen. This timeframe includes living in the UK for at least five continuous years to qualify for ILR, followed by a mandatory period of holding ILR for at least 12 months.

Where you have relocated to the UK following your Skilled Worker partner, depending on the specific timings of your case, it may potentially be possible to shorten the timeframe to citizenship to five years. Those applying for naturalisation as a British citizen on the basis of marriage to an existing citizen are not subject to the requirement of having held ILR for at least 12 months prior to application.

If you are in the UK as a Skilled Worker partner and it is your ultimate goal to obtain ILR and/or British citizenship, you should ensure to keep accurate logs of your travels in and out of the UK as both ILR and naturalisation applications carry residence requirements.

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