UK Immigration Solicitors are a team of highly qualified, specialist solicitors with significant experience in British citizenship cases. As market-leaders in all areas of UK immigration law, we represent people throughout the UK and globally in making applications for British Citizenship. An application for “Naturalisation” – as it is often referred to – requires thorough attention to detail, and our team are here to provide that for you.
British Citizenship applications for people from EEA and Non-EEA countries are generally similar, but the small differences in the applications can be difficult to find. It is a complex process where the rules and eligibility criteria are frequently being updated. That is why having a fully qualified solicitor is essential in order to have the best possible chance of success in British citizenship applications.
Why choose UK Immigration Solicitors for your British Citizenship application?
- Expert legal advice: over 50 years of combined expertise from an award winning solicitors firm;
- Individual Service: professional legal advice tailored to your specific needs, no matter where you are in the world;
- Affordable: fixed payment plan with no hidden extra fees;
- Peace of mind: all of our solicitors are qualified UK immigration solicitors and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority;
- Confidence: we are proud members of Immigration Law Practitioners Association.
Contact us now for your no obligation
free assessment for British Citizenship
Your FREE assessment call will be with an immigration specialist who will give you an accurate and honest appraisal of your British citizenship application, based on the information you provide. We won’t make false promises about “Naturalisation” case success rates because each case for British Citizenship is unique. The more detailed you are with the information you provide, the more accurate we can be with our appraisal of your case.
British Citizenship or “Naturalisation” applications are for those who have already spent many years in the UK and have decided that they wish to live in the UK permanently. The UK is a multicultural society with many generations of people and families from all around the world choosing to settle and make the nation their home. Gaining British citizenship status is all part of that.
What difference does applying for British Citizenship make?
There is more than one way of looking at this. Some people simply wish to become a “British Citizen” as a matter of identity, stability, and planning a long term future. For many people it is more about the practical differences such as, but not limited to:
- Having unrestricted access to the UK;
- Being able to work without needing to show and prove visa eligibility;
- To be able to register and vote in general elections;
- …and so on…
How we can help you
There are a number of steps involved in applying for British Citizenship and each person has their own individual history that will have many factors and details that could affect the application.
UK Immigration Solicitors – The 4 step process:
Step 1 - Free Assessment:
Step 1 – Free Assessment: As soon as you make that call or fill in our online form we will assess the general merits of your case in accordance with the UKVI Policy Guidelines, which you can find on the Gov.UK website. We can explain the requirements in an way that is easy to understand, and advise you on how your case might be affected. This first assessment is intended to establish whether we believe your case is one that has enough merit for a successful application.
(Step 2 - Preparing your Case)
Step 2 – Preparing your Case: Once you have instructed us, we will begin with a consultation conducted between you and your dedicated solicitor where you will discuss all of the intricate detail, material facts, and strategies relative to your individual circumstances.
Your British Citizenship application is partly dependent on the specified evidence you provide to support your application. Your solicitor will:
- Ensure the advice given to you is specific to your unique circumstances;
- Advise you of all the documentation that you need to provide which is relevant and precise to your British Citizenship application;
- Collate the documentation chronologically and in a way that clearly demonstrates to the decision maker that your application meets all the eligibility criteria for “Naturalisation”;
- Prepare supporting legal submissions which make clear how your application satisfies the rules in all of the relevant paragraphs of the UK Immigration Rules framework for British Citizenship.
(Step 3 - Free Assessment)
Step 3 Keeping you up to date: Your solicitor will update you on the progress of your case at every stage of the process. This might be to gather extra information from you, or to let you know of any developments in your case, such as: responses from the UKVI; progress made in tribunals or hearings, and so on.
(Step 2 - Preparing your Case)
Step 4 Answering questions: UK Immigration Solicitors support you throughout your entire case. Your dedicated solicitor is always on hand to answer any questions or concerns you have and will continue to advise you every step of the way. You don’t need to be an expert because we are here to do that job for you.
Check if you can apply for British Citizenship
There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common is called ‘naturalisation’. You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if:
- you’re 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’ll continue to live in the UK;
- you’ve met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements;
- you meet the residency requirement.
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.
There are different requirements if your spouse or civil partner has British citizenship.
You can’t include any time spent in the UK when you’re exempt from immigration control (for example, as a diplomat or member of visiting armed forces) as part of the 5 years.
You may be able to apply for British citizenship by ‘registration’ in certain circumstances.
There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.
Applying for British Citizenship for children under 18
You can apply on behalf of a child under 18 if they meet the eligibility criteria. They don’t have to pass the Life in the UK Test.
Call us now to begin a free assessment of your Immigration matter.
0203 3844389 if you are in the UK or 0044203 3844389 if you are outside the UK.