How To Apply For British Citizenship

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You can live and work in the UK free of any immigration controls if you have a British Citizenship.

Here are some information for how to apply for British citizenship.

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There are different ways to apply for British citizenship. The most common is “neutralisation”.

You can apply by neutralisation if:

  • You are 18 or over
  • You’re of good character, for example, you don’t have a serious or recent criminal record, and you haven’t tried to deceive the Home Office or been involved in immigration offences in the last 10 years.
  • You’ll continue to live in UK
  • You’ve met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements
  • You meet the residency requirement

And you must have:

  • Lived in UK for at least  the 5 years before the date of your application
  • Spent no more than 45 days outside the UK during those 5 years
  • Spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • Had settled in the UK for last 12 months if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Had permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you are a citizen of EEA country- you need to provide a permanent residence document.
  • Had not broken any immigration laws while in the UK.

How to apply.

There are 3 ways to apply for British citizenship by neutralisation:

  • Make an individual application
  • Use the nationality checking service (NCS)
  • Use an agent or representative.

Make an individual application- You must fill in Form AN – application for neutralisation as a British citizen.

Carefully read the guidelines and requirements booklet. Which will tell you how to fill the form and what documents you need to provide.

Applying using NCS- The NCS is run by local councils and they can help you to make your application. Check if your local council has an NCS.

Apply through an agent or representative- An agent or representative is private company or individual that can help you with your application and guide you.

Check if an agent or representative is registered with the Office of the immigration services commissioner(OISC).

You can also use some barristers that  registered with the OISC. This include:

  • General council of the bar
  • Law society of England and Wales
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executive
  • Faulty of advocates
  • Law of Scotland
  • General council of the Bar of  Northern Ireland
  • Law society of Northern Ireland.apply for British citizenship

Where to send your application.

    Send your application form, fee and any supporting documents to :

  • UKVI
  • Department 1
  • The capital
  • New Hall place
  • Liverpool
  • L39PP.

After applying

After you have applied you’ll get a confirmation letter. It can take up to 4 weeks for you to get the confirmation.

A decision about your application will usually be made within 6 months- some application can take longer.

Citizenship ceremonies

If your application is successful and you’re over 18 you’ll be invited to book a place at a citizenship ceremony. There is a ceremony fee of Rs80. You are usually allowed to take 2 guest and take your invitation when you go to your ceremony.

After the citizenship ceremony

Once you have got your certificate of Britain citizenship, send your biometric residence permit back to home office.

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