British Citizenship is a right most usually granted by birth but can be granted to others who can provide enough evidence to prove they are permanently settled in the UK. There are different ways to become a British citizen but the most common is called ‘naturalisation’.
Before you can be granted British Citizenship as part of your application it has to be shown that you are an integrated member of British society. Your understanding of the English Language is essential and evidence of this has to be provided by way of certification and also by way of passing the Life in the UK Test.
You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if:
- You are 18 or over
- you’re of good character, for example, you don’t have a serious or recent criminal record, and you haven’t tried to deceive the Home Office or been involved in immigration offences in the last 10 years
- You will continue to live in the UK
- You have met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements
And you must usually have:
- lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application
- spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
- spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
- had settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK for the last 12 months if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
- had permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you’re a citizen of an EEA country - you need to provide a permanent residence document
- not broken any immigration laws while in the UK
Once these requirements can be met and an established life in the UK can be shown, you will be granted British Citizenship where you will attend a formal ceremony granting this new status to you. Following which you can apply for the British passport.