British Citizenship Naturalisation

Become a British citizen through naturalisation

You can apply to become a British citizen through naturalisation if you meet the relevant criteria which have been set out in the British Nationality Act 1981. This is the most common approach to become a British citizen. This application is decided and granted by the Secretary of State for the Home Office.

The main requirements for naturalisation involve meeting the residence requirement, settled status requirement, good character requirements and the English language test and Life in the UK test requirements.

Naturalisation after holding settlement for 12 months:
You are eligible to apply to naturalise as a British citizen under Section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981, provided you meet the following requirements:

In addition, the following residence requirement must usually apply:

Naturalisation as the spouse of a British citizen
A person who is married to a British citizen will be eligible to naturalise as a British citizen under Section 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. If you are married to a British citizen, you will be subject to all of the above requirements however the only difference is:

All other requirements apply.

When sending your application, a biometrics appointment will be mandatory to attend. After applying, a decision will usually be made in 6 months, depending on the application some may take longer.

Once you have received your certificate of British Citizenship, you must send your biometrics residence permit back to the Home Office. The UK allows dual nationality for its citizens however, some countries may not. In which case they can revoke your citizenship once you have become British therefore, it is imperative for you to contact your embassy before you decide to apply for naturalisation.

Why choose MLC Immigration Lawyers?

We understand how important your application for British Citizenship is. This will hopefully be the last application you will make to the Hoe Office and therefore must be prepared well in order to have the best possibility of success and thereafter finish your UK Immigration Journey. We pride yourselves on helping, any clients complete their UK Immigration journey by successfully obtain British Citizenship.


Contact our team today to discuss your British Citizenship/ Naturalisation matter.


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