Naturalising as a British Citizen

Individuals who have been living in the UK for several years and have obtained indefinite leave to remain will often choose to apply for British citizenship. We can work with you to prepare the application, liaising with the Home Office on your behalf and facilitating the process.

The specific requirements you need to satisfy have been revised in recent years. However, the key elements that you will need to satisfy are:

  • You must have been lawfully resident in the UK for five years
  • You will need to have held indefinite leave to remain for at least 12 months
  • You should not have been absent from the UK for more than 450 days in the five years preceding your application and not more than 90 days in the final 12 months
  • You must be of good character
  • You must have passed the Life in the UK Test
  • You must satisfy an English language requirement

When considering “good character”, factors that will be taken into account include any previous criminal convictions (including for traffic offences) and whether your financial affairs are in order.

Absences from the UK above the limits set out above may be permitted by the Home Office, but this will be determined by the nature of the absences and the amount by which the limits are exceeded.

In the event that you require the Home Office to exercise discretion to approve your application as a result of you not meeting all of the requirements, we can work with you to clearly establish the strength of your connections to the UK.

Uncertainty regarding Britain’s future in the EU has led to European nationals who have lived and worked in the UK for many years now wishing to obtain British citizenship. However, changes to British nationality law introduced in November 2015 have meant that it will first be necessary for such European nationals to apply for confirmation that they hold permanent resident status before being eligible to apply to naturalise as a British citizen.

In the event that you are married to (or in a civil partnership with) a British citizen, you may be able to take advantage of a shorter qualifying period of three years and be able to apply to naturalise as soon as you have obtained indefinite leave to remain.

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For more information about our immigration services please contact Nicolas Rollason at nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk or a member of the team.

Always prompt and factual’" Kingsley Napley LLP provides "an excellent level of service"

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"Kingsley Napley leads the immigration outfits in the UK"

Who's Who Corporate Immigration

​"Interviewees agree that Kingsley Napley is home to a superb team of immigration lawyers"

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