Nationality and citizenship
Help and Advice on how to become a British Citizen
There are many different ways in which you can become a British citizen. The most common way is by 'naturalisation', through a period of qualifying residence in the UK.
In some cases you can be registered as a British citizen, if you have a family connection with the UK or if you have some other form of British nationality.
Whatever your situation, we can help you to get your British passport.
You can apply for naturalisation after you have had Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK for one year.
If you are married to a British citizen you can apply for naturalisation as soon as you have ILR.
You must have spent no more than 450 days outside the UK in the five years leading up to your application. If you are married to a British citizen that becomes no more than 270 days in the three years leading up to your application.
In both cases you should have spent no more than 90 days in the last 12 months before your application outside the UK.
The Home Office will overlook a small number of extra days outside the UK.
There is much more to the good character requirements that just being free of criminal convictions. The Home Office will also look other issuing, including (but not limited to):
You should seek professional advice if you think that any of these apply to you.
EU citizens need to have Settled Status for a year before they can apply for naturalisation.
If you are married to a British citizen you can apply for naturalisation as soon as you have Settled Status.
You will need to pass the Knowledge of Life in the UK test, and, unless you are from Ireland or Malta, and English language test (unless you have a degree from a UK university).
Your children who are born in the UK will only be automatically British if you or their other parent is British or settled in the UK (ILR or Settled Status). If you become settled after your child is born in the UK, that child will be entitled to be registered as British.
Any child who is born in the UK and lives here for the first 10 years of his or her life is also entitled to be registered as British.
Commonwealth citizens who arrived in the UK before 1973 may be eligible for citizenship under the Windrush Scheme. You need to have lived in the UK and not been away from it for more than two years.
If your parent arrived in the UK before 1973, you need to have either been born in the UK, or else arrived here before you were 18.
You may be able to be registered as a British citizen if your mother was a British citizen but your father wasn't, or if your father was a British citizen but your parents weren't married. The parent you are relying on must have been born in the UK, or in Ireland before 1916.
If you are a British overseas citizen, a British protected person, a British subject or a British national (overseas), you may be eligible to apply for full British citizenship. This is a complex area of law - please contact us for help with your application.
This option is not open to British overseas territories citizens.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony, generally held at your local council, where you will take your oath of allegiance to The Queen. You will receive your certificate of naturalisation at the ceremony, and can apply for your British passport after that.
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