UK Naturalisation Application Requirements, List of Required Documents, Effect of criminal record on Nationality Application and FAQs

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Naturalisation is a process of getting citizenship of a country through residence. Just like a lot of other countries in the world, UK allows immigrants to acquire British Citizenship. UK law allows dual citizenship but country of your current nationality (normally country of your Birth), may not allow to have nationality of an other country. Therefore it is very important that you check this before making an application for Naturalisation in UK. India is an example of a country which does not allow dual citizenship. Naturalisation application can be made on the basis of a marriage with British National or person with permanent residence in UK.

When I am eligible to apply for Nationality?

After 12 months of getting Indefinite Leave to Remain in UK, Naturalisation application can be made. If your ILR is based on your marriage to a British Citizen then you do not have to wait for 12 months. You can make application for ILR soon your application for Indefinite Leave to Remain is granted.

Do I need to pass Life in the UK Test and Knowledge of English Language Test for naturalisation?

Life in UK Test and Knowledge of English requirements apply as they are mandatory requirements. Though most of the applicant met these requirements when they applied for ILR, therefore they do not need to meet these requirements again.

What is residence requirements for Naturalisation Application?

Applicants should not have spend more than 90 days in last 12 months period.

Can I have list of required documents for British Citizenship Application- Naturalisation?

  • Proof of Settlement- Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the United Kingdom. It could be Biometric Residence Card (BRP) or Permanent Residence Stamp or Card.
  • Evidence of identity such as a valid Passport or travel document
  • Proof of residence in UK 3-5 years depending on your circumstances. The evidence includes letters from college, university, letters from HMRC, Council Tax Bills, Bank statements, Letter from GP and dentist or specialist etc.
  • Prove that you meet Knowledge of English and Life in the UK Test Requirement
  • Marriage certificate if settled in UK on the basis of marriage to a British citizen or person with permanent residence.

How to apply for naturalisation- British Nationality?

Though majority of applications are made online, but option to send application is still available.

Which application form is used to make an application for Naturalisation?

Form AN is used to make postal application for Naturalisation. Postal Applications take much longer longer than online applications.

I have a criminal convictions, how they will affect my naturalisation application?

Many people ask about impact of criminal convictions and points on driving licence- penalty points, parking tickets on their Nationality applications. The answer is not simple. A minimum time has to lapse since the conviction and its stays on record for certain time. Once the stipulated time is passed, convictions should not be a ground of refusal for naturalisation application, exceptions though apply to the general rules.

It is worth taking professional advice before making application in these circumstances. A refused application can cost thousands of pounds and also very costly in term of time.

Can I give up British citizenship?

Nationality is one of the complex areas in the immigration laws. On one hand, where nationalities can be acquired by naturalisation, on the other hand, it can be renounced (give up) as well. There can be different routes to acquire nationality. It can can either be through Naturalisation (after spending certain years, normally six years in the UK) on the basis of Permanent Residence (ILR) or through parents or grand-parents.

What are types of of British Citizenship

So far as UK nationality is concerned, there are 6 different types of British nationality which includes British Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person, British National overseas, British Subject and British Overseas Territories citizen.

My daughter born in UK, is she British National by birth?

The factors which contributes to decide if someone is British Citizen by birth or not includes (but not limited to) are given below. In some circumstances, applicants can apply for British Nationality by registering their nationality. For example, registering children as a British National on parents acquiring permanent residence or British Nationality.

Place of Birth
Date of Birth
Nationality of Mother at the time of birth
Nationality of Father at the time of birth
Settlement status of parents at the time of birth

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