One of the most popular applications we are instructed for is Naturalisation, with the increase in Application costs applicants must ensure they qualify for the application in order to ensure they do not lose the application fees.
To make an application to Naturalise as a British citizen, The applicant must have held Permanent Residence or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for at minimum period of 12 months. Following a successful EEA Permanent Residence application, the Home Office have been known to back date the time from which the applicant has obtained Permanent Residence, this means the applicant may be eligible to make a Naturlisation application immediately.
British Naturalisation Requirements
The full mandatory British naturalisation eligibility requirements, as stated in the British Nationality Act 1981, are that:
⦁ You are aged 18 or over.
⦁ You are of sound mind. You must have full mental capacity.
⦁ You have lived in the UK for at least five years previously – this is why the naturalisation process is often known as the ‘five-year route’.
⦁ You have not spent more than 450 days outside the UK during your five years of lawful residence in the country. This also includes having spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12 months leading up to your application.
⦁ You have lived in the UK for at least three years previously if you are married to a full British national and have not spent more than 270 days outside the UK during your lawful residence in the UK.
⦁ You have held the right of Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for at least 1 year before beginning your naturalisation application process. It’s important that, at the time of applying, you are completely free from immigration restrictions in the UK, and you must be able to demonstrate that you have settled status in the UK for at least a year before submitting your citizenship application. This most often achieved through Indefinite Leave to Remain, but depending on your nationality can also be through a UK permanent residence card or EU settled person visa.
⦁ You have not been in breach of any UK immigration rules previously.
⦁ You are of ‘good character’.
⦁ You have serious, honest and provable intentions of living permanently in the UK upon receiving British citizenship. You can also be eligible if you have the intention of living and working overseas for either the UK government or a British business.
⦁ You meet the necessary English language requirements. Most often, this will mean showing evidence of
meeting the B1 CEFR English requirement. However, some exemptions do exist.