If you are an adult and wish to make a British citizenship application, there are two routes available to you. You can apply for citizenship if:
- You have been lawfully resident in the UK for at least the last five years and have held indefinite leave to remain/permanent residence for at least the previous 12 months.
- You are married to/in a civil partnership with a British citizen, have been lawfully resident in the UK for at least the last three years and have been granted indefinite leave to remain (at any time).
In addition, there are requirements about how long you are allowed to have spent outside the UK during the relevant period.
The British citizenship application process for children
For children under 18 wishing to apply for citizenship there is a different process called ‘registration’, the rules for which are more complicated.
Get in touch with Master Legal Services for advice or to make an application. If you need advice on applying for British naturalisation or want to find out about related issues such as the British citizenship test, visit the page of our website to arrange a consultation with one of our expert advisers.