British Citizenship

Under British Nationality Act 1981 you may be eligible to apply to settle permanently in the UK after you have lived legally in the UK for a certain period of time. If you are a holder of Indefinite Leave to Remain or Permanent Residence holder if you are EEA national you are eligible to apply for naturalisation if you have resided in the UK for five continuous years and have been free from Immigration control for one year prior to the date of application; however, there are exceptions.

We can assist you with your application for naturalisation to become a British citizen.

If your application is successful, you will be granted British citizenship and you will be permitted to apply for a British passport.

There are particular requirements which must be met in order to apply for British citizenship through naturalisation, you must:

  • - have “settled status” i.e. been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months or hold Permanent Residence
  • be over 18 years old
  • be a person of “good character” and have not broken immigration laws or have been convicted of a serious crime 
  • be currently residing in the UK and meet the “residency requirements”
  • travelled outside of the UK for no more than 90 days in the last 12 months and 450 days in the last 5 years
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the “English language” and pass the “Life in the UK” test, unless, you are exempt

If you are eligible to apply, you must submit an application to UK Visas and Immigration, including all relevant information and supporting documentation.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony at your local authority where you will be issued with your Certificate of Naturalisation. Thereafter, you can apply for a British Passport.