Citizenship

ARE YOU LOOKING TO APPLY FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP OR NATURALISATIONLOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE

Many UK residents do not know they are eligible to apply for British citizenship. British citizenship provides extra entitlements to stay compared with settled status or permanent residence or indefinite leave, such as the right to vote in UK general elections and the right to return to the United Kingdom after any length of time away from the United Kingdom.

Since 1 January 1983 British citizenship can be acquired or obtained in the following ways:

FEES PAYABLE

A fee for applying for citizenship is payable, ranging from £ 1,012 for children to £ 1,330 for adults (by naturalization). Biometric fees are payable separately from £ 19.20. (subject to change)

NATURALIZATION FROM SETTLEMENT

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Usually, if you’re over 18, you’ll be able to apply for citizenship;
  2. Have had one of the following 12 months:
  3. Indefinite leave to remain in the UK; OR
  4. ‘ Settled status ‘ (also known as ‘ Indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement   Scheme’); OR
  5. Indefinite leave to enter the UK (permit to move permanently from outside the UK)
  6. Prove that you were in the UK precisely 5 years before the day your application is issued by the Home Office.
  7. Prove your English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic Knowledge
  8. Have gone through life on the UK test
  9. Intend to continue living in the UK
  10. Be of good character
  11. Not outside UK for more than:

          i) Settlement/ ILR : 2 years

         ii) Settled Status : 5 years;

         iii) Settled Status  – Swiss Citizen or Family Member : 4 years


When born in the UK

You do not automatically get British citizenship if you were born in the UK. It depends on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances.

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if you were born in the UK and are not a British citizen.


When you move to the UK

You may be able to apply for citizenship by ‘naturalisation’, depending on your situation.

If you’re eligible in more than one way you can choose which way to apply.


When you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen

To apply as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen you must have
lived in the UK for the last 3 years.

You’ll also need to have one of the following:

If you do, you’ll be eligible to apply for citizenship immediately.


You have indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

You can usually apply for ILR after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years.

To apply for citizenship with ILR you must usually have lived
in the UK for 12 months after getting it.


When you have ‘permanent residence’ status

If you or a family member are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you usually get permanent residence status automatically after living in the UK for 5 years.

To apply for citizenship with permanent residence status you must usually
have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting permanent residence status.
You also need a permanent residence document that proves you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years – this can be any 5 year period.

This means that if the 5 year period was more than 12 months ago, you’ll be able to apply for citizenship as soon as you get your permanent residence document.

You have ‘settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme

If
you and your family member are from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can apply
for ‘settled status’ after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years.

To apply for citizenship with settled status you must
usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting it.

Settled
status is also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement
Scheme’.

Other ways you can be eligible

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if:

If you’re a Commonwealth citizen

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship under the Windrush Scheme if
both:

If
your parent arrived in the UK before 1973, you must have either:

Some Commonwealth citizens have ‘right of abode’ in
the UK. This means you can live or work in the UK without immigration
restrictions. Check if you can apply to prove you
have right of abode in the UK
.

 A child who was born in UK can be registered as a British Citizen even if the parents are not British or settled in the UK at the time of their birth, as long as the child has been resident in the UK for 10 years. It confirms your right to live in the UK without the need to hold a visa. Holding British citizenship permits you to vote in national elections and live freely.

You can contact us by writing us on info@rdoverseasuk.com or calling us on 0208 954 5457.

Start your successful journey to British citizenship. RDO will be happy to assist you with any application to register yourself or your child as a British Citizen.



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