Citizenship 

Citizenship is the last step for one to become free of any immigration constraints. You may be eligible to apply to naturalise as a British citizen if you have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain (settlement) in the UK.

 

Naturalisation

Requirements for the British Citizenship application by naturalisation:

  • Be over 18 years old;
  • Be of good character and of sound mind;
  • Have sufficient knowledge of English language and have passed a Life in the UK test;
  • Have not broken any immigration laws whilst in the UK;
  • Intend to make the UK their main home;
  • Have spent less than 90 days outside of the UK in the last 12 months;
  • Is settled in the UK and has been free from immigration control for at least 12 months unless married to a British citizen.
  • Have lived in the UK for at least five years before the date of application; and
  • Have spent less than 450 days outside the UK during the five-year period.

 

Registration

Although the registration to become British citizens mainly applies to children and this considering the nationality of status of their parents; certain adults may in certain circumstances register as British Citizens.

 

Child registration

Requirements

The child must:

    • Have been born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983;
    • Not be automatically British by birth;
    • Born of parents (mother or father) who became British citizen or settled in the UK before the child turned 18; and
    • Make the application before the child turned 18.

 

What are the main requirements to apply for registration as a British citizenship?

Registering a child as a British citizen if the child was born in the UK

In order for children to register as a British citizen they must be able to demonstrate that either:

  • they were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983;
  • they were not automatically British by birth;
  • their mother or father subsequently became a British citizen or settled in the UK before the applicant turned 18; and
  • the application is made before the applicant turns 18.

 

Registering a child as a British citizen if the child was born outside of the UK

  • One or both parents are applying for British citizenship at the same time;
  • The application is made before the applicant turns 18.

 

Registering and Adult as a British citizen

It may be possible to register an adult as a British citizen if the adult:

  • Has another form of British nationality
  • Has a connection with Gibraltar or Hong Kong or;
  • Has a British mother or father and had the right to become a British citizen when they were born.
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