How to apply for naturalisation?

30 Dec 2022, 52 mins ago

This route is designed for those who do not have a claim to British nationality through birth or family, and instead attained the ability to apply for citizenship based upon their period of residency in the UK.

There are several important requirements which must be met if one wishes to apply to be naturalised as a British citizen, including a limit on how many days the applicant can be absent from the UK prior to applying, the period of time the applicant has resided in the UK, how long they have held indefinite leave to remain (ILR)/settled status in the UK, and if they are of good character.

Therefore, such applications must be approached methodically, and it is imperative that the applicant fully understands the relevant requirements and responsibilities involved in deciding to become a British citizen prior to proceeding with such an application.

Choosing to apply to become a citizen of the United Kingdom (UK) is an important decision. By doing so, one agrees to accept the responsibilities accompanying citizenship and respect the laws, values and traditions of the UK. Furthermore, while the UK does allow dual citizenship, this is not the case for all countries. Therefore, if you choose to apply for British nationality, it is imperative to ensure that you know exactly what impact this decision will have on your existing nationality(ies).

How to apply for naturalisation?

An applicant will be required to submit an online application form and provide their biometric information, after which such applications can take up to 6 months to be decided. The Home Office does not offer any form of expedited service in relation to applications for citizenship; however, an applicant will be able to travel outside of the UK whilst their application is pending.

Should the application be approved, the applicant will then be required to schedule and attend a citizenship ceremony with their local council. It is at this ceremony that they will receive their certificate of naturalisation and officially become a British citizen. It is also from this point that their grant of ILR/settled status will be automatically invalidated, so ILR Biometric Residence Permits can no longer be used to travel in and out of the UK. Instead, the applicant will need to proceed to apply for their first British passport.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in dealing with all aspects naturalisation applications. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

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