British Citizenship Application

To naturalise as a British citizen, you will need to submit an application evidencing your eligibility.

We can guide you through this process.

British citizenship application

Applying for British Citizenship is a major step in your life. It is a demanding process on applicants, requiring extensive supporting documents and incurring a significant Home Office application fee. It’s important to get it right first time.

British citizenship applications typically fail due to:

  • Incorrect supporting documentation
  • Failure to complete the form correctly
  • Failure to respond to UKVI’s enquiries in a timely manner

Avoid a refused British citizenship application by taking professional advice.

What will I need to show to apply for British citizenship?

There are several routes to naturalisation as a British citizen. 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.

There are a number of criteria which must be satisfied in full before your British citizenship application will be approved:

  • Time spent in the UK
  • Date when you were granted Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • Can you satisfy English language requirement
  • The total number of absences from the UK over the qualifying period
  • Any criminal or civil matters against you


How long is British citizenship application processing?

On average, we advise our clients to expect their UK citizenship application will be processed in approximately 2-3 months. 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 apply for naturalisation.

The application includes the form, completed by yourself and referees, and you will also be required to gather and submit extensive supporting documentation to evidence your eligibility.

Once submitted, your British citizenship application will be reviewed and checked by UKVI to cover your visa status, tax status, criminal and civil matters.

If 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.

What is the cost of making a British citizenship application?

Home Office fees are subject to frequent change and you should check before sending in your application.

Also note, if you make a mistake and fail to submit 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.


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