British Citizenship for adults
Naturalisation as a British citizen
To naturalise as a British citizen, you must meet the following requirements:
You are over 18 years old.
You have either indefinite leave to remain or settled status for at least 12 months.
You must be able to communicate in English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic to an appropriate level (B1 CEFR level).
You have passed the Life in the UK Test.
You intend to continue to live in the UK.
You meet the good character requirement.
British citizenship for children
Not everyone who is born in the UK automatically qualifies for British citizenship. To qualify for British citizenship from birth, at least one parent must either be a British citizen or hold settled status.
If a child is born in the UK to parents who do not hold British citizenship or settled status, then they may be able to be registered as a British citizen.
Registration as a British citizen
If you were born in the UK, but did not automatically become a British citizen then you must apply to register as a British citizen.
If you are not an automatic British citizen, then you must be under 18 years old and meet one of the following eligibility requirements to register a British citizen:
- You were born on or after 1 January 1983 and since your birth one of you parents have become a British citizen or got permission to stay in the UK permanently.
- You were born on or after 1 January 1983 and you lived in the UK until you were 10 or older.
- Since you were born one of your parents has either become a British citizen, gained indefinite leave to remain, got settled status, got indefinite leave to enter, or got permanent residence status.
How can Paragon Law help?
When you make a British citizenship application it is important that it is coherent and contains all the evidence which is required. Our British citizenship lawyers are experienced in assisting individuals to apply for British citizenship. So whether you need assistance to make a British citizenship application, or if you want an expert to check an application you have put together, why not get in touch with us?
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- Knowledgeable in UK immigration, our legal experts are able to quickly identify what needs to be done to secure the desired outcome.
- Dedicated to dealing with matters of immigration, our immigration lawyers are able to assist individuals with a range of enquiries related to settling in the UK.
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British Citizenship: FAQs
How long does a British citizenship application take to process?
The Home Office tries to make decisions on applications within 6-months of submitting an application.
What is the British citizenship ceremony?
To finalise the process of becoming a British citizen, individuals must attend a British Citizenship Ceremony whereby you will make an oath of allegiance and make a promise to respect the rights, freedoms, and laws of the UK.
Usually you must attend the British Citizenship Ceremony within three months of receiving the invitation from the Home Office.
Can I travel whilst awaiting a decision?
Yes, individuals are able to travel whilst your British Citizenship application is pending.
Can I have dual citizenship in the UK?
Yes, when applying for British Citizenship you do not have to renounce your previous nationalities. However, every country has its own rules relating to dual nationality and therefore it is essential to check with the Embassy of your current country of nationality to see if you can have dual citizenship.
Do you deal with discretionary applications?
Yes, our immigration lawyers deal with discretionary applications and are able to identify scenarios where the UK Home Office should expect to register a child as a British citizen.
What happens if I am absent from the UK?
To make a successful application for British citizenship, you must not have been absent from the UK for more than 90 days in the 12 months leading up to making an application for British citizenship.
Additionally, if you are not married to a British citizen then you must not have been absent from the UK for more than 450 days in the 5 years leading up to applying for citizenship. However, if you are married to a British citizen then you must not have been absent from the UK for more than 270 days in the 3 years leading up to applying for citizenship.
British Citizenship Referees
Life in the UK Test
Good character requirement