There are firm procedures governing who is qualified for British citizenship. Usually, candidates are suitable to apply for British citizenship following a time of indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Except they are already British citizens by ancestry, all individuals need to register or naturalize in order to earn British citizenship. Our immigration solicitors in London can properly guide and legally assist you if you want to obtain citizenship in the UK. Moreover, details about UK residence card can be offered.
|Nationalities accepted (Yes/No)||All|
Law regarding the UK citizenship
British Nationality Act
|Requirements to obtain UK citizenship||
– over 18 years of age
– 5 years of residence with 450 days allowed outside UK;
– meet the B1 CEFR level English language requirement;
– knowledge of British customs etc.
|Application processing time||
|Methods for obtaining citizenship in UK||
– living for continuous 5 years in UK,
– marrying a British citizen and living in the UK for 3 years
|Reasons to obtain UK citizenship||
– no immigration control;
– right to live permanently in UK;
– right to vote;
– security and safety
|Is knowledge of language necessary to obtain citizenship in UK? (Yes/No)||
|Citizenship fee in UK||
|Personal income tax rate||
– 0% for annual income up to £12,570,
– 20% for income between £12,571 and £50,270;
– 40%£ for income between 50,271 and £150,000 is 40%;
– 45% for income over £150,000 is 45%.
|Is permanent residence certificate required? (Yes/No)||
|Fee for nationality registration as a UK citizen||
|Is visa-free travel allowed to UK citizens?||
Yes, UK citizens can travel to 142 countries.
|The office that deals with UK citizenship||
Local UK consulate and others
|Can UK citizenship be cancelled?||Yes, it can be declared null on varying grounds.|
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UK citizenship conditions
Candidates who are married to a UK citizen must have been living in the country for 3 years and have ILR on the date of application. Also, it is important for applicants not to be absent from the UK for more than 270 days in these 3 years, or more than 90 days in 12 months before the citizenship application. In order to obtain citizenship, the applicant must pass the “Life in the UK test” and have the intention to live in the country. Our UK immigration lawyer can offer more details about this aspect. Candidates who are not married to a British citizen must live in the UK for five years. In the last year, the applicant must have a permanent resident with ILR. It is mandatory to pass the “Life in the UK test”, to have enough knowledge of English, Welsh, or Gaelic, and not to be absent for more than 90 days in the 12 months before the citizenship application (this can be observed by our London immigration lawyer).
On the other hand, persons who were born between 1961 and 1983 to a British mother may be qualified to register right away as a British citizen. The processing period for UK citizenship applications is presently about 6 to 7 months. For more details in this matter and about how to obtain a residence permit in UK, please talk to our UK immigration lawyer.
UK citizenship test
If an individual applies for UK citizenship or naturalization, he must demonstrate the things he knows about life in the UK, and for this, he has to complete and pass the test (our London immigration lawyer can offer complete details). The examination lasts for about 45 minutes, has a series of 24 questions, and is computer-based. The test is created on “Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship”. As a recommendation for all applicants, it is significant for them to read the second edition of “Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship”, as this is the only official guidebook for the “Life in the UK test”.
Please feel free to contact our immigration solicitors in London, if you need extra information or legal assistance about how to obtain citizenship in the UK. Our specialists can also help you obtain a UK residence card before citizenship.