If you meet the requirements, you may be able to apply for British Citizenship. This article will give you an insight on what you will need to know before applying to help you be prepared.
1. Do you qualify: Knowing the eligibility criteria:
This sounds very obvious to point out, but many people forget that you need to quality for a certain set of rules.
You may be eligible to apply for British citizenship it you meet the following rules:
- 18 years old or over;
- you’re of good character (no criminal offences)
- you meet the residency requirements;
- you have stayed in the UK for at least the 5 years before your application date;
- spent less than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years;
- had a settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK for the last 12 months if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA);
- had permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you’re a citizen of an EEA country – you need to provide a permanent residence document.
- you plan to live the rest of your life in the country;
- you’ve passed the English Language Test test (unless exempt);
- you’ve passed the Life in the UK test;
It is very important to check the updated Immigration policies before starting your application
As with the majority of immigration application in the UK, when applying for British this is an application fee. The fees differ depending on which depending on which category you fall into- taking into consideration all factors of your application. The fees are always changing so be sure to check this at the time of your application.
3. Your file of Documentary Evidence:
You will need to show that you have been in the UK the appropriate length of time and as such you will need evidence of this. For this reason it is important to keep a habit of keeping your documents in a safe place (Always best to keep a folder for your documentary evidence). Documents that would prove your stay could include thins like tenancy agreements, bank statements, payslips, letters from employers, birth certificates and other proof of address/ residence letters.
4. Stay updated:
Immigration rules are regularly changing so it is very important to make sure that your receive up to date advice before starting your application. This is especially the changes relating to the transition of UK out of the European Union.
5. Getting your passport:
If your application is approved, you’ll be invited to attend a Citizenship Ceremony. At the ceremony, you’ll make an Oath of Allegiance to the UK, promising to respect the its rights, freedoms and laws. Then, you’ll be presented with your Certificate of British Citizenship. Thereafter you are free to apply for a British passport which is usually processed within approximately six weeks.
For more advice of Citizenship in the UK, please contact Master Legal Services on:
T:020 8935 5205
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