British Citizenship

Applying for British Citizenship is an important event in your life.

You have lived in the UK for a significant time of your life and you have adopted this country as your new home. It is now time for you to make this process permanent. Whatever your reason is, we are here to help you.

An application to be a British citizen can be overwhelming but don’t worry, we are here to help you.

The most common procedure is to apply to be Naturalised as a British Citizen. To qualify for this process, you will need to be:

  • 18 years old and above
  • Have good character; for example, you must be free from any criminal conviction – a court fine due to a speeding summon can also affect your application. Please speak to our Immigration Lawyers for more information.
  • Must have an intention to continue to live in the UK
  • Able to show that you have met the English language requirements as well as the Life in the UK requirements
  • Show that you have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application; you must also have Indefinite Leave to Remain status for at least 12 months before you can apply
  • Must not spend more than 450 days outside the UK over the last 5 years
  • And spent no more than 90 days outside the UK over the last 12 months

EU Citizens

For EU citizens, you will need to apply for a Permanent Residence Card before you can apply for an application to be Naturalised as a British Citizen. Our expert lawyers can help you with this application.

Different rules apply to a spouse of a British citizen. Contact our specialised Immigration Lawyers for more information.

Children

For children, there are various ways for your child to be a British Citizen. This process is called Registration and different rules apply depending on the child’s circumstances. The most common application for Registration are:

  1. When one or both parents becomes settled (have obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain status) in the UK
  2. Through adoption
  3. Through parents previous residency in the UK if one of the parents have UK ancestry ties.
  4. At the discretion of the Home Secretary

Our Tips and advice:

There are no shortcuts if in the UK migration. You should, therefore, follow legal procedures to avoid colliding with the laws of the UK.

Follow the following tips to enter, live and thrive in the UK:

  • Learn all the rules and laws of the country: there are various sites outlining the rules pertaining British immigration. The Home Office website is among the sites providing a detailed and comprehensive guide to living, studying and working in the UK. These include the rules, the laws, the restrictions and the penalties involved. If you are having trouble understanding the laws please contact us and we will provide you with full support.
  • Know your limits: Always be aware of any limitation or restrictions on your visa. Most people usually land into problems with the authority because of personal ignorance.
  • Follow the rules to the letter: you should always ensure you work towards achieving your goals while staying away from trouble.

Contact our expert lawyers at +44 (0) 20 7822 8535 or by e-mail info@sterling-law.co.uk to discuss your application.