Applying for British Citizenship

Applying for British citizenship can be daunting. Last year 6,820 applications were refused!

The statistics released by UKVI confirm that 6,820 people applying for British citizenship were refused in 2014.

Some of the reasons for refusal were:

  • incorrect documentation
  • failure to complete the form correctly
  • failing to respond to UKVI’s enquiries in a timely manner

Do not let your application fail for those reasons. Applying for British Citizenship is a major step in your life so get it right first time!

There are several routes to British naturalisation. Adults may qualify for British citizenship through having being granted indefinite leave to remain following at least five years of residence in the UK, or with three years if married to a British citizen or in a Civil Partnership.

We are the UK’s leading law firm in helping people applying for British citizenship

DavidsonMorris is one of the UK’s leading immigration law firms that specialises in naturalisation and british citizenship applications.

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You can contact us if you are seeking legal help in applying for British citizenship. Our legal team will provide you with a professional, friendly, reliable service to fast track your  application.

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What will I need to show when applying for British citizenship?

There is a number if criteria which must be satisfied in full when applying for British citizenship, in brief

  • Time spent in the UK
  • Can you satisfy English language requirement
  • The total number of absences from the UK over the qualifying period
  • Any criminal or civil matters which may disbar you

The British citizenship application form is submitted via post and will be reviewed and checked by UKVI to cover your visa status, tax status, criminal and civil matters.

Once approved, you will receive an invitation to attend at a Citizenship ceremony which is usually local to where you live and at the ceremony you will receive your Certificate of Naturalisation.

Thereafter you are free to apply for a British passport which is usually processed within approximately six weeks.

How long does it take to get British citizenship

On average, we advise our clients to anticipate that their application will be processed in approximately 2 months to process naturalisation applications. The complexity of your application will determine how long it will take for your application to be processed as well as the volume of other applications they have to process.

What is the British citizenship application process?

When an applicant has held the grant of Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months, you maybe eligible to for naturalisation.

The application can only be submitted via post and must include relevant documentation including the application form completed by yourself and referees. Thereafter, UKVI will review and check your visa status in the UK as well as checking for an criminal or civil matters which may disbar you.

Once approved, you will receive an invitation to attend at a Citizenship ceremony which is usually local to where you live and at the ceremony you will receive your Certificate of Naturalisation.

Thereafter you are free to apply for a British passport which is usually processed within approximately six weeks and the UKVI can ask to interview you before processing the application.

What is the cost of applying for British citizenship?

UKVI currently charge £1,236 for an adult and £936 for a child. The fees are subject to change and you should check before sending in your application. Also to note that if you make a mistake and fail to subject a relevant document, your application will be automatically refused and you will lose the fees.

What you need to know about British citizenship applications

You can apply for naturalisation after 12 months of indefinite leave to remain.

It is important to check if your country of origin allows you to hold both British citizenship and citizenship of that country, as some do not permit this. The UK does allow you to have more than one nationality.