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British Citizenship

There are different ways to become a British Citizen. If a person has been living in the UK for a number of years and holds Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Permanent Residence then they may be eligible to be naturalised as a British Citizen.
You can apply to be naturalised as a British citizen if you have lived in the UK for 5 years and have held indefinite leave to remain (ILR), settled status, or indefinite leave to enter the UK for 12 months. If you are married to a British citizen, then you are not required to wait 12 months before applying.
You may be automatically a British citizen if you were born in the UK or one of your
parents are British – please contact us for specific advice in this area.


To be eligible to apply to naturalise as a British citizen you must be able to show that:

You will need to prove that you have been in the UK exactly 5 years before the day the Home Office receives your application.
You should also have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application and have spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during the 5
years before your application and spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months. The Home Office may exercise discretion in relation to the
absence requirement.

Your children can ‘register’ as British citizens and must apply separately.

  • - You are over 18

  • - Prove your knowledge of English language – this must be an English qualification at a minimum level B1 or a degree taught or researched in English

  • - You have passed the Life in the UK test

  • - Meet the residence requirements.

  • - Intend to continue living in the UK

  • - Be of good character, and

  • - Not have broken any UK immigration laws.

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