What is naturalisation and how much does it cost?

13 Jan 2023, 21 mins ago

Once you are British, you can apply for a British passport, vote, and live and work in the UK free from immigration controls.

To naturalise, you will need to submit an online application to the Home Office. Before you apply, you have to ensure that you meet the criteria set out in the British Nationality Act 1981. In general applicants must be over the age of 18, of good character, intend to live in the UK, and meet the English language and residency requirements. This list is not exhaustive and further requirements may be dictated by your personal circumstances.

Before applying for British citizenship, you have to ensure that you are legally settled in the UK. This usually means having Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

The fees for filing the online application, as they currently stand, are £1,330. As part of your application, you will need to attend a biometrics appointment to submit your photograph and fingerprints to the Home Office, which may incur additional costs. 

The estimated approval timeframe for naturalisation applications is 6 months from the date of submitting your biometrics. If your application is approved, you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony and obtain your Certificate of Naturalisation. This is the point when you become British and you Indefinite Leave to Remain or Settled Status renders invalid. To travel, you will need to make a separate application for your first British passport and have received it before you leave the UK.

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