British Citizenship Solicitors
Achieving British Citizenship by naturalisation is not an easy task and a few simple mistakes/omissions on an application form can be rather distressing and expensive. However, this is where Adam Law Solicitors can help. We have a wealth of experience in immigration law and have helped guide a number of people to making a successful application and we could be able to help you too.
The following paragraphs will give you an overview to achieving British Citizenship through naturalisation and the general requirements.
Achieving British Citizenship through naturalisation
The general rule is that any foreign or Commonwealth national who has been residing in the United Kingdom for five years or more can apply for citizenship by naturalisation if they:
- Have a sufficient knowledge and understanding of the English language
- Are of good character
- Once naturalised, intend to have their primary home in the UK
British Citizenship residence requirements
In addition to the above, there are a few other residence requirements that anyone applying for British Citizenship must normally have. They are as follows:
- Must not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK in the five year period that they have been residing here.
- Must not have spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the concluding 12 months preceding their application.
- Must have held UK permanent residence for at least the last 12 months preceding their application
- Must not have breached the UK Immigration Law during their five year stay.
- Things can change slightly however if the applicant is married to a British Citizen. In such situations, only a three year residence period is required.