Check if you can become a British citizen

Check if you can become a British citizen

There are different ways to apply for British citizenship (or ‘naturalisation’) depending on your circumstances.

If you are eligible in more than one route you can choose which way to apply.

It may take longer than usual to process applications because of COVID-19. However, this will not affect the decision. Extra time will be allowed to enroll for biometrics, provide additional information and arrange a citizenship ceremony.

Depending upon the circumstances you can choose any of the route

If you were born in the UK

One does not automatically get British citizenship if they were born in the UK. It depends on when they were born and their parents’ situation.

If you are in a civil partnership or married

If you are the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen, then you must have resided in the UK for the last 3 years.

You must also prove either of the following

  • indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
  • settled status (under the EU Settlement Scheme)
  • a permanent residence permit to prove you have permanent residence status

If you possess either of the following then you can immediately apply for British citizenship.

If you possess indefinite leave to remain

You can easily apply for ILR after you have lived in the UK for continuous 5 years.

To apply for British citizenship with ILR you should live in the UK for 12 months after getting it.

‘settled status’ under the EU Settlement Scheme

If you or your family members are from the EEA, EU or Switzerland, you should be able to apply for ‘settled status’ once you have resided in the UK for 5 years.

Settled status is also referred to as ‘indefinite leave to remain under the European Union Settlement Scheme’. Once you have lived in the UK after getting it, you can apply for British citizenship

Have permanent residence status

From 1 January, You are no longer eligible to apply for citizenship based on your permanent residence status.

if you possess both settled status and permanent residence status, you must apply on the basis of your settled status.

Living in the UK after June 2021

You must have permission to continue residing in the UK after 30 June 2021 if you are a EU, EEA or Swiss citizen.

If you have not secured citizenship but had a citizenship ceremony, you can immediately apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Citizenship applications may take for about 6 months to get processed and may take a little longer under the COVID-19 norms. You won’t be able to stay in the UK post 30 June 2021 while waiting for citizenship, unless you have permission to stay via another route. After you get settled status, you can apply for British citizenship.

Application process

After you have successfully identified the route through which you want to apply for British citizenship, the next step is to make an online application, submit the required documents, pay fee of £1,330 (including the £80 citizenship fee), book and attend you biometric interview( you must also pay additionally, £19.20) and then wait for your application to be processed.

It usually takes up to 6 months before you hear any decision from the Home Office.

You can also choose to apply through the best immigration lawyers in London, who have industry experience in British citizenship to handhold throughout the process as it requires rigorous follow-up with the Home Office.

A Y & J Solicitors have been making continuous strides in successful British citizenship applications for more than 10 years now. Their expert approach has helped over 4000 clients to have a hassle-free immigration journey.

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