ENIC & English Language Requirements


When applying for entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK or British citizenship, you may need to prove your knowledge of the English language if you’re aged 18 or over. There are various different ways to meet this requirement, including having a degree-level qualification that was taught or researched in English. However, if […]

General Grounds for Refusal Explained

general grounds for refusal

When applying for either entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK, applicants must meet various suitability requirements and avoid general grounds for refusal. The suitability requirements are set out under the UK Immigration Rules. They apply to almost all immigration routes and are in addition to the specific validity and eligibility requirements of […]

MN1 Guide (British Citizenship for your Child)

form mn1

The following MN1 guide covers the key considerations for parents when completing your child’s British citizenship application form. If you are a parent looking to register a child under the age of 18 as a British citizen, you will need to complete the Home Office’s form MN1. Becoming a British citizen is a significant life […]

British Citizenship Fees 2021

When applying for UK naturalisation, one of the key considerations will be cost and how much you will need to pay in British Citizenship fees. In 2021, it costs £1,330 to make an application to naturalise as a British citizen. This includes the fee for the citizenship ceremony.   British citizenship fees 2021 The table below details […]

English Language Test for UK Visas

The English language test for UK visas, ILR and citizenship is used to evidence an applicant’s ability to meet the required standard under the Immigration Rules. Applicants from non-English speaking countries must pass an approved Secure English Language Test, taken through a Home Office-approved provider, to prove they meet the language requirement of the relevant immigration […]

Do I Need to Take the Life in the UK Test?

Life in the UK test

If you are applying for British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain, one of the eligibility requirements will that you have passed the Life in the UK test. Also known as the British Citizenship test, the Life in the UK test was introduced to ensure applicants have a good knowledge of British customs, traditions, laws […]

British Citizenship Test (A Guide!)

A mandatory requirement when applying to naturalise as a British citizen is that applicants pass the British citizenship test, as well as having a language qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.   Is the British citizenship test different to the Life in the UK test? The British citizenship test and […]

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance Rules

comprehensive sickness insurance

To apply for British citizenship, applicants must show they meet an extensive range of eligibility criteria. Proof of Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) is one such requirement for some, but not all, UK naturalisation applicants. In particular, EU citizens with settled status may, depending on their circumstances, have to show they held CSI during their period […]

Apply for British Citizenship with Settled Status?

british citizenship with settled status

One of the common questions we are asked by EU citizens living in the UK is “Can I Apply for British Citizenship with Settled Status?” The answer is that UK settled status holders may be eligible to apply for British citizenship, provided they can show they meet the UK naturalisation requirements. Unfortunately, this is rarely […]

British Citizenship For BNO Passport Holders in Hong Kong

British citizenship for 
British Overseas Nationals
in Hong Kong?

The UK Prime Minister has stated that BNO passport holders in Hong Kong may be given a path to British citizenship, should the Chinese Government proceed with passing new security laws.   Possible changes to BNO passport holder rights Boris Johnson has written in The Times (3 June 2020) that the Government would seek to […]