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British Citizenship

If you have completed 5 years residence in the United Kingdom and have held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for 1 year, you can apply for naturalization as a British Citizen.

If you are married to a British Citizen, you can apply for naturalization as a British Citizen as soon as you have completed 3 years residence in the UK and has Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. You must be a person of good character and must not have any unspent criminal conviction or civil judgment made against you in the UK or in any other country. You must have passed Life in the UK Test and an English text before an application for naturalization as a British Citizen is made to the Home Office. You are expected to make the United Kingdom as main country of residence.

There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common is called ‘naturalization’.YOU CAN APPLY FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION IF:
  • You’re 18 or over
  • You’re of good character, e.g. you don’t have a serious or recent criminal record, and you haven’t tried to deceive the Home Office or been involved in immigration offences in the last 10 years
  • You’ll continue to live in the UK
  • You’ve met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements
  • You meet the residency requirement

AND YOU MUST USUALLY HAVE:
  • Lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application
  • Spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
  • Spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • Been granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK (or permanent residence if you’re an EEA national) – this means there’s no specific date that you have to leave
  • Had indefinite leave to stay in the UK for the last 12 months (or permanent residence if you’re an EEA national)
  • Not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

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