How to naturalise as a British citizen
Here we explain how naturalisation works for British citizens.
There are a few different ways in which you can naturalise as a British citizen. This article is especially important for those people who are currently living in the UK. Below we have listed a few ways in which someone can naturalise as a British citizen in the UK and make best use of the British passport in the future.
1. If you were born in the UK (depending on your parents circumstances)
2. If you’re married to a British citizen (if you have ILR and have lived in the UK for the last three years)
3. If you have indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
4. If you have settled status under the EU settlement scheme (and have lived in the Uk for 12 months after getting it)
5. If you have a British parent
What are the naturalization routes?
We will expand on these routes to naturalization below –
1. If you were born in the UK (depending on your parents circumstances) – If you or your parents were born in the UK, you might automatically be a British citizen. This will be based on the following –
a. Whether you were born in the UK or a British colony before 1 January 1982
b. Born in the UK between 1 January 1983 and 1 October 2000
c. Born in the UK between 2 October 2000 and 29 April 2006
d. Born in the UK between 30 April 2006 and 30 June 2021
e. Born in the UK from 1 July 2021 onwards
f. Born outside the UK or are stateless.
The routes to naturalization are different in each of these above circumstances, please contact us to find out more.
2. If you are married to a British citizen – if you are married to a British citizen, you can apply for naturalization based on living in the UK for five years on a spousal visa or 3 years on ILR before you get married.
3. If you have indefinite leave to remain (ILR) – if you have ILR you can apply for naturalisation one year after you are granted ILR status.
4. If you have settled status under the EU settlement scheme – same process as for those who have ILR.
5. If you have a British parent – This will depend on whether you are born in the UK or whether you were born outside the UK. Contact us to find out more.
For more information:
For more information please contact Evellyn Geemon; [email protected]
Telephone Evellyn on: 0202 427 5293