How do you become a British Citizen? | Hudson McKenzie

How do you become a British Citizen?

September 27, 2018 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Naturalisation should be a simple process for any foreign national desiring to become a British Citizen – so what are the necessary steps a prospective U.K. citizen should take?

What is the route for EEA Nationals and all other applicants?

When should you apply?

Once you have acquired a permanent residence card (EEA Nationals) or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) (All other categories), you will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship twelve months after your permanent residence card or ILR is issued – unless you are married to a British citizen.

What are the requirements?

When applying, you must ensure that you meet the following requirements:

  • You are over 18 years old
  • Have no previous criminal records or immigration offences in the last ten years
  • Intend to continue living in the U.K.
  • Must have passed the English Language Speaking Test
  • Must have also passed the Life in the U.K. test
  • Have two referees to sign a declaration form that they have known you for more than two years.

The following requirements must also be met when applying, regarding residency:

  • Have lived in the U.K. for at least five years prior to your applying
  • Have spent no more than 450 days outside U.K. during five years of living in the U.K.
  • Have spent no more than 90 days outside the U.K. in the last twelve months.

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