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 […]

Good Character Requirement & UK Nationality

When making an application to naturalise or register as a British citizen, there are extensive eligbility requirements that must be met, including the good character requirement. This involves citizenship applicants being assessed on all aspects of their criminal history – from cautions through to custodial sentences – and immigration record. Below we look at this […]

Naturalisation & Drink Driving

Applications for British naturalisation can quickly become complicated if the applicant has a criminal conviction, since past offences can impact your eligibility to meet the good character requirement. While the guidance in this area tends to be very clear on some aspects, it is slightly grey in other areas. Drink driving convictions is arguably a […]

Naturalisation Certificate (A Guide!)

The naturalisation certificate is issued to an individual as evidence that they have been granted British citizenship. Naturalisation certificates can be used to apply for a British passport (original form only is accepted), and for general identification purposes. Strict rules apply however in order for the certificate to be acceptable.   Lost or stolen naturalisation certificate? In the event […]

Naturalisation & Criminal Convictions

We regularly receive queries concerning applications for naturalisation which have either been refused because of a person’s failure to disclose a criminal conviction, or where the applicant is unsure as to what to declare on their British citizenship application. The guidance issued by the Home Office on criminality is far from straight forward for applicants […]

Form AN | British Naturalisation Form

British Citizenship is not an entitlement. You can apply to naturalise after 12 months of either Indefinite Leave to Remain, EU Settled Status or permanent residence by completing Form AN. Form AN applies to most non-UK nationals applying to naturalise in the UK. Children should use form MN1. In this user guide, we will explain […]

EU Naturalisation

eu naturalisation

EU naturalisation is the process by which EEA nationals with more than 6 years in the UK and who have held permanent residence status for at least 12 months can apply to become a British citizen, and be eligible for a British passport. EU citizens who have registered under the EU settlement scheme become eligible […]

Home Office Praises DavidsonMorris

The UK Home Office has reviewed and made changes to its application communication processes following concerns raised by immigration specialists at DavidsonMorris. In a letter received from a Home Office caseworker this April, we have been informed that process changes are expected in particular to impact applications for naturalisation as a British citizen. The letter also provides […]

Naturalisation & EEA Family Members

The original version of this article was updated following the decision in Lounes, November 2017. Please contact DavidsonMorris if you have any queries. The curiosity in English law which saw non-EEA family members of EU nationals naturalising as British citizens subject to restricted rights to reside in the UK has been addressed. In November 2017, […]