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British citizenship or naturalisation gives you the full rights of a UK citizen. There are several ways to become a British citizen depending on your visa route and your circumstances.

Legal advice when applying to become a British citizen

If you need legal advice or help with your application for British citizenship, we provide highly experienced, affordable services. Please do contact our immigration lawyers.

Key Requirements

5 years residence – you will need to have been residing in the UK lawfully and continuously for at least 5 years before the date of your application with no absences totalling more than 450 days during those 5 years and no more than 90 days in the last 12 months.

Indefinite leave to remain – You must have this status for the last 12 months if you are a non-EEA national or permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you are an EEA national, unless an exemption applies.

Good character – key aspects are that you have not been in breach of the immigration rules or have committed any criminal offences during your lawful stay.

Language and values – you will need to demonstrate knowledge of English language and life in the UK.

Application and supporting documents

To apply for British citizenship, you need to complete the relevant form as suited to your respective category and submit it to the Home Office along with your supporting documents.

One your application has been approved, you will be required to attend a citizenship ceremony where you will be given your naturalisation certificate. You can then apply for a British passport.

Solicitor help with applying to become a UK citizen

To apply for British citizenship or to make an enquiry, please contact us on 0207 016 9341 or by e-mail to speak to our  immigration lawyers.

British Citizenship application help