Applying For British Citizenship

Applying for British Citizenship would be the last UK immigration application step for any visa national member. Preparing a good application and satisfying all requirements can certainly increase the chances of success.

Full British citizenship is the highest status in UK immigration law and confers the greatest rights. As a British citizen, you can live in the UK and leave and enter the UK freely. If your children were born outside the UK, they may also be automatically entitled to British citizenship, depending on their parents’ status. Indefinite Leave to Remain / permanent residence status is lower as it does not confer all these benefits which can, in some circumstances, be lost.

Our Detailed Experience Of British Citizenship Laws

Because of the UK’s imperial past, complicated forms of British nationality have evolved, and this can be a complex area of law. YDVISAS highly qualified lawyers have extensive experience in advising clients as to whether or not they may be entitled to British citizenship. They will ensure they understand your requirements in detail and will assist you at every stage.

Naturalisation As A British Citizen

Who Can Apply? Check Your Eligibility

You must:

  • Have lived lawfully in the UK for at least five (or in some cases three) years and have held Indefinite Leave to Remain/permanent residence for at least one year.
  • Be able to meet the residency requirements.
  • Be able to satisfy the English language requirements.
  • Pass the Life in the UK test.
  • Be of good character.
  • Intend to live in the UK.

Please contact us for clarification on any of these points.

Who can apply? Check Your Eligibility

Who Can Apply? Check Your Eligibility

  • Children (i.e. anyone aged under 18) and, in some cases, adults may be able to apply for registration as a British citizen. The criteria for registration are quite different from those for naturalisation.
  • Any person (either a child or an adult) may be able to apply for registration as a British citizen if they were born in the UK and have lived in the UK for the first ten years of their life.
  • Any child may apply for registration as a British citizen on a discretionary basis. The longer the child has lived in the UK, the stronger the application. If the child holds Indefinite Leave to Remain/permanent residence this will also make the application stronger (although not a specific requirement). If one of the parents holds Indefinite Leave to Remain/permanent residence or British citizenship, this will also strengthen the application.

What’s Next? Speak To An Expert

For expert advice and professional help with immigration matters, please contact the immigration team on 020 7404 7933 or email us at You can also use the form to make an enquiry.

Applying for British Citizenship is a major step to living in the UK, so it’s vital to get it right the first time.