British Naturalisation and Citizenship
There are several channels to becoming a British Citizen. You are either born a British Citizen or need to be registered as British. But the most common route is Naturalisation. Individuals who have been settled in the UK lawfully can obtain British citizenship through this route easily.
At Royce Legal Solicitors, we understand how pertinent it is for our clients to finally settle in the UK permanently. Or immigration law team specialises in British Citizenship and ensures that we provide immigration advice and representation to see you become a British citizen.
What Is British Citizenship?
Under the British Nationality act 1981, British citizenship is a form of British Nationality. Having a British nationality will give you the following rights:
- To be able to vote in UK general elections and referendums.
- To be able to stand for parliament in the UK
- To live, work and permanently settle in the UK permanently.
- Protection overseas.
Getting your citizenship is a big commitment, so expert legal advice is recommended. With Royce Legal Solicitors as your immigration specialists, we will guide you from the get-go and help you put together the best possible application. We will highlight your areas that lack and can likely raise issues with the Home Office. We will work closely with you to resolve them and build a strong application with you.
Eligibility for British Citizenship
Once you have acquired Indefinite Leave to Remain or Permanent Residence, you can apply for naturalisation as a British Citizen. It will allow you to stay in the UK permanently and have the same rights as a UK citizen.
You will need to meet certain requirements such as follows:
- You must be 18 years or above to apply for it.
- You must live and continue to live in the UK
- You passed the “life in the UK” test.
- According to your immigration status, you will need to demonstrate that you have been living in the UK for five years or more and have acquired ILR for at least 12 months.
- You have been residing in the UK for the past five years and have not been outside of the UK for more than 450 days. Within the last 12 months, you have not been outside the UK for 90 days.
- You own an ILR for the last 12 months.
- You have abided by all UK immigration laws without breaking any.
- You have good conduct, character and have a sound mind.
What is the “Life in the UK” Test?
All applications for naturalisation need the “life in the UK” test as part of their application. The Life in the UK test is computer-based, consisting of 24 questions that cover British Values, its history and traditions and everyday life. You can book your test at gov.uk. Our immigration Solicitors will also advise you on preparation and help you locate a test centre near you.
How Long Does The Application Take?
The application for British citizenship takes typically four to six months. You can stay in the UK while a decision is being made. Your ILR status will stay the same. If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to a “Citizenship Ceremony” that will officially make you British citizenship henceforth. After this, you can apply for your first British passport. Rest assured that our solicitors will guide you through that process as well.
Once you have acquired British Citizenship, you will be slowed to hold on to your other nationality as well. You will have dual nationality. Dual nationality is prohibited in certain countries. Our specialist immigration team at Royce Legal will determine if your country favours dual nationality or not. We will contact your embassy/consulate on your behalf to ensure that you don’t lose your original nationality, following your success of the British citizenship application.
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Why Choose Royce Legal for Naturalisation?
Royce Legal has detailed experience when it comes to British citizenship applications. We have maintained and dealt with the Home office over the years and know how to best meet their requirements. Getting us involved earlier in the application process can help ensure a successful application on the first try.
Understanding the strict rules and requirements is taxing and time-consuming. Royce Legal’s Immigration Solicitors will be available at every step to guide you. If your application is complicated, we’ll look at all your viable options. In the case that your application is refused, we will help you challenge the Home Office’s unfair decision. Call us today at 01706 655 592 to discuss your situation with us.