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Intime Immigration Solicitors specialise in UK Visa and Settlement Applications.

The process of naturalisation enables a UK resident to get British citizenship automatically. To be eligible for British citizenship, one has to live in the UK for over 5 years and upon the completion of the duration, one can apply for naturalisation. If you are going to apply for British citizenship through naturalisation, we are ready to help you at every step.

We have extensive knowledge and experience in the application process for British citizenship. Therefore, we can help immigrants who are applying for UK citizenship throughout the visa and settlement process and ensure success. If you are already 18 years old and your application for indefinite leave to remain has been granted, you can apply for British Citizenship for naturalisation

People who have the right to permanent residence in the UK are eligible for UK citizenship if they meet the criteria regarding immigration status, duration of residence in the UK, knowledge of the English language, future plans, and life in the UK, and behaviour. We help applicants in understanding the requirements properly, overcome the challenges and complete the visa process successfully to get the desired outcome.

Apart from the complications of the application process, the process of naturalisation is quite exorbitant. We can make sure that your application is done correctly the first time so that you won’t lose your fee.

While applying for UK citizenship, you must fulfil the following criteria to be eligible for British citizenship for naturalisation.

  • You need to be 18 years old or over.
  • You must spend 3 continuous years in the UK prior to your application date. 
  • You need to make sure that the total number of absences from the UK over the qualifying period is not over 270 days.
  • You need to make sure that the total number of absences from the UK during the 12 months prior to the application does not exceed 90 days.
  • You need to hold for at least 12 months Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
  • You have to meet good character and avoid having a serious or recent criminal record.
  • You must provide proof of knowledge of the language and life in the UK by fulfilling the English language requirements and getting a good score on the Life in the UK test.
  • You must ensure compliance with UK immigration rules throughout the qualifying period.
  • You must show your intention to remain in the UK.

There are certain criteria to become a British national through naturalisation without marriage and after marriage. So, it is necessary to do an eligibility check before you prepare for the application. 

If you are not married to a British national, you have to make sure that you are 18 years or above and that you have been in the UK for five years before the date of your application. You were not absent from the UK for more than 450 days during that five-year period. You were not absent from the UK for more than 90 days during the 12-month period that was immediately preceding the date of your application.

You have good character.

You have proof of having adequate knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic language.

You have the intention to live in the UK if your application is successful.

If you are married to a British citizen, you will be eligible to apply for British Citizenship by Naturalisation when you are granted Indefinite Leave to Remain and you meet all of the other requirements for British Citizenship by Naturalisation.

In case you are not married to a British citizen, you must be free of immigration time restrictions for at least 12 months preceding the date of your application.  That way you will be qualified to apply for British Citizenship by Naturalisation after ILR is granted.

The process of British citizenship application is not easy, especially when you are applying through naturalisation. You have to fulfil a set of criteria to show your eligibility and get the seal of approval to be a UK national and acquire all benefits of citizens of the UK. The application process for British citizenship can continue for up to 6 months if you meet all criteria properly and your documents are correct.

But, in some cases, the duration of the application process can be longer. It can happen if there is an issue with the documentation or application form. So, it is necessary to ensure that your application is done accurately and your documents are carefully checked before submission.

If you are an adult and want to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation, you have to first complete Form AN correctly and provide all the necessary documentation to proceed in the application process. You need to make sure that there is no mistake made by you and that the application is error-free and complete. It will reduce the chances of getting your British citizenship application rejected.  To complete the procedure, you have to make an appointment and attend a UKVCAS centre in order to submit your supporting documents, fingerprints and photograph. In the UKVCAS centre, your application will be thoroughly checked and reviewed by UKVI to validate your visa status and tax status and also check if you have any type of immigration, criminal or even civil legal issues.

After the completion of the application process, you will be granted citizenship and provided with an invitation to attend a citizenship ceremony where you will receive your UK citizenship certificate of naturalisation.

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Before giving any advice on the visa or application process, we discuss the case thoroughly and understand your status.


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We have a deep understanding of the UK visa and settlement application process and requirements. So, you can count on us in this matter.


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With our expert immigration lawyers, you can complete the application for British citizenship smoothly and ensure prompt completion.


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We work as legal representatives and strive to help you with any legal matters regarding the immigration and settlement process.

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The application process for obtaining UK citizenship is not a simple path. Especially when you are not getting UK citizenship by birth. Moreover, the cost of the British citizenship application is quite high and the fee is not refundable. So, you have to make sure that you take every step vigilantly and make no mistakes that will lead you to failure. Whether you are married to a British national or not, if you are ready to become a British national, our team of experienced and proficient immigration lawyers are ready to cater to your needs. 

Agree or not, British citizenship applications can be complicated, lengthy, and perplexing for anyone. So, it is wise to work with the best immigration lawyers who can settle any matter expertly and give you peace of mind.

If you are applying for British citizenship to become a UK citizen and need expert legal advice to complete the process effectively, discuss the matter with our immigration advisors and receive immediate help and honest advice.

We can take care of everything from the application and documentation to legal issues and help you to get the blue British passport that will allow you the rights of a UK citizen and access to many countries across the globe without requiring a visa.

Further Information

You have to meet the following requirements to obtain British citizenship in the UK-

You must have a valid status in the UK under indefinite leave to remain, permanent residence or EU-settled status for at least 12 months.

In case you are married to a British citizen, you will be qualified to apply for UK citizenship by marriage after you are granted settled status and you don’t need to wait 12 months to apply.

If you want to qualify for UK nationality by naturalisation, you will need to show your knowledge of the English language and ‘life in the UK’. These are the significant standards for British citizens.

You can fulfil the language requirement with a degree that is taught or researched in English. Also, you can attend a Home Office-approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) to meet this specific requirement.

However, if you are from the following nationality, you don’t have to demonstrate your knowledge of English-

Antigua and Barbuda
the Bahamas
New Zealand
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago

You can apply for UK citizenship if you already have a degree or academic qualification that was taught or researched in English.

If you have attended a UK university or college, you just need your degree certificate to show your qualification and eligibility. But, if that is not the case and you have completed your studies at a university or college outside the UK, you will need a certificate from UK NARIC.

You have to show a statement of comparability and degree certification if you have studied in a university or college in one of these countries:

Antigua and Barbuda
the Bahamas
New Zealand
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago

According to the British Nationality Act 1981, a person needs to be of ‘good character’ if he/she wants to naturalise as a British Citizen. They have to fulfil the Home Office nationality policy guidance that describes the ‘good character’ requirement and how it will be evaluated. These guidelines include a non-exhaustive list of conduct including criminality, terrorism, financial soundness, notoriety, deception and dishonesty and immigration-related matters.

Applicants who are applying to naturalise or register as British citizens need to make sure that they don’t have a recent criminal record and they are not trying to deceive the Home Office. They also prove that they didn’t breach the UK immigration rules within the 10 years preceding their application.

To successfully complete the citizenship application process in the UK, you need to make sure that the good character requirement has been fulfilled in any application for British Citizenship by Naturalisation. You can get help from an immigration lawyer who will ensure that any potential good character issues are identified and properly addressed as part of your UK Citizenship application.

The Home Office needs the required supporting documents to process UK nationality applications. You may have to submit additional documents as evidence to increase the chance of the approval of the British citizenship application. 

You need to provide identification, proof of your UK residence, evidence that you fulfil the standards for knowledge of Life in the UK and English language, evidence that you currently hold valid settled status in the UK, and documents determining your nationality, marriage and financial status in case you are not paid through PAYE.

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Updated on 01/01/2024
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