Naturalising is a term for becoming a British citizen. The most important qualification for naturalising is the time you have lived in the UK. Generally, you need to have lived in the UK for 5 years in order to begin the naturalisation process and get your British citizenship and passport.


Do I Have To Naturalise To Get British Citizenship?

Yes, foreigners who want to become British citizens will have to go through the naturalisation process to get citizenship. Even if you marry a UK citizen, you must claim naturalisation to receive citizenship.


How Long Do I Have To Live In The UK Before Naturalisation Can Start?

  • • Generally, you must live in the UK for 5 years.
  • • If you are the Spouse or Civil Partner of a UK citizen, you must live in the UK for 3 years before naturalisation.


What Do I Need to Naturalise and Become a British Citizen?

  • • At least 18 years old
  • • No criminal record in the past 10 years
  • • No claims of deception against you by Home Office/UKVI
  • • Plan to keep living in the UK
  • • Pass the Life In The UK test
  • • Good English language skills
  • • Pay all fees for application
  • • At least 12 months with ILR/Settlement status


What If I’ve Been Away From the UK During the Past 5 Years?

UKVI permits absences from the UK during your 5 years, as long as they are less than:

  • • 90* days in the past 12 months, and
  • • 450* total days in the past 5 years


When counting days absent, do not include the day you leave the UK, and the day you arrive back in the UK.


*There may be exceptions if you can show the absences were for work, your spouse’s work, or other special circumstances. Be sure to check with an immigration expert if you are in this category.


What Can I Do to Help My Application Be Approved?

First, be certain you can pass the Life In The UK test, and the English proficiency test. Always respond quickly to any questions or requests from UKVI. Failure to respond promptly can lead to your application being refused.


It is beneficial to be able to show strong ties to the UK. This can include family in the UK, an established home in the UK, and an estate that is strongly connected to UK sources and investments.


How Long Until I Become A British Citizen?

If you have met the requirements to apply for naturalisation, it generally takes another 6 months for a response from UKVI. After this you can apply for a British passport. It usually takes 1 to 2 months to get your passport after you submit your passport application.


Can I Get Help With Naturalisation?

Yes! YDVISAS’ expert immigration team is ready to help you with all aspects of your naturalisation. Contact them today at 020 7404 7933, email, or click here. For peace of mind, award winning service, and complete solutions for all of your immigration needs YDVISAS is ready to help.

Disclaimer: The material contained in this article is for general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Readers should seek an appropriate professional for advice regarding their particular circumstances.
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