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You can apply to naturalise as a British citizen if you are at least 18 years old, you are settled in the UK (there are no time limits on your stay), you intend to have your main home in the UK and you meet the good character, residency and knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements.
The residency requirements differ depending on whether or not you have a spouse or civil partner who is a British citizen. If you do not have a spouse or civil partner who is a British citizen, you must usually have lived in the UK for at least 5 years, have indefinite leave to remain/permanent residence and not spent more than 450 days outside the UK.
If your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen, you must usually have lived in the UK for at least 3 years, have indefinite leave to remain/permanent residence and not spent more than 270 days outside the UK.
You must also have not breached any immigration conditions in the 10 years prior to the submission of your application.
Registration as a child
Unless one of your parents was British or settled in the UK when you were born, just being born in the UK does not mean that you are automatically a British citizen. However, you could be eligible to register as a British citizen. The registration process can be extremely complex and requirements are different for each category, so it is important to obtain specialist legal advice before submitting an application.
Contact Arlingsworth for advice on British citizenship.
Our Brighton and London-based immigration solicitors have helped dozens of non-UK citizens obtain their citizenship and are here to help if you need advice on the process and how to apply. We can even submit applications on your behalf.
Contact Arlingsworth‘s expert immigration solicitors today to get the legal aid that you need. We handle all our cases with care, passion and absolute service. Call us on 01273 696962 or message us via the button below.
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