It is possible to make an Immigration application to acquire British Citizenship in a number of ways, these include:
- By Birth
- By Descent
- By Registration
- By Naturalisation
Whilst many citizenship issues are reasonably straightforward, British Nationality law is notoriously complex in regards to citizens of former colonies.
We are lawyers who have successfully dealt with many Citizenship applications over the years and are well placed to offer you our advice:
- check your supporting documentation to ensure it is sufficient for your application
- drafting and submitting your application
- preparing a Letter of Representation to accompany your application
- liaising with the Home Office on your behalf
- assuring you of our best attention
Naturalisation is the process where you apply to become a citizen of the UK. Certain countries allow you to become a UK citizen and also retain citizenship there in other words dual- citizenship. Some countries do not allow this.
You can apply for British citizenship through naturalisation if you:
- are 18 years of age or older
- are of good character
- satisfy the residency requirements
- intend to continue living in the UK
- have a good knowledge of English and life in the UK
Applications for naturalisation require bio- metrics and generally take approximately six months to process. You may be invited for an interview and you will need to speak without an Interpreter during this interview.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) if you intend to remain in the UK and have been living in the UK for a number of years (usually 5 but 3 in certain situations) The length of time required depends on a number of factors including the type of ILR visa you hold.
There are various routes to obtain ILR and standard ILR forms such as SET(M) and SET(O)
The most common applications are based on you having status in the UK as a partner, family member, certain type of work, Ancestry or continuous and long term residence.
Applications generally take six months to process.