Naturalisation

There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common is called ‘naturalisation’. You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if you’re 18 or over, you’re of sound mind, you’re of good character, you’ll continue to live in the UK & you have met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements.

You must usually also 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, ie there’s no specific date that you have to leave
• had indefinite leave to stay in the UK for the last 12 months
• not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

Spouse or civil partner is a British citizen

If you’re married to, or the civil partner of, a British citizen, you can apply for citizenship if:
• you’re 18 or over
• you’re of sound mind
• you’re of good character
• you have met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements
• you have no immigration time restrictions

Unless your spouse or civil partner works abroad either for the UK government or for an organisation closely linked to government, you must usually also have:

• lived in the UK for at least the 3 years before your application is received
• spent no more than 270 days outside the UK in those 3 years
• spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
• not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

You can’t include any time spent in the UK when you’re exempt from immigration control (eg as a diplomat or member of visiting armed forces) as part of the 5 years. You can apply on behalf of a child under 18 if they meet the eligibility criteria. They don’t have to pass the Life in the UK Test. The fees for Naturalisation are £ 906.

There is other ways in which you can apply for a British Citizenship as well, Please contact us for more information on any other routes not mentioned here.