If an adult wishes to legally become a British citizen naturalisation is the step to take. Once an individual is naturalised they will then possess all the same legal rights as a UK national.
The process of naturalisation should not be entered into lightly and. If you are thinking about applying for naturalisation you should seek expert advice to guide and support you throughout the process.
Naturalisation can be applied for by adults who have been legally settled in the UK for 5 years. If you are a spouse of a British Citizen you may be able to apply after legally being settled in the UK for 3 years.
If you are applying for naturalisation you must not have any intentions of living outside of the UK once you have received an approval.
You should be of sound mind and understand the lifelong commitment and legal implications of the step that you are taking.
Applications for naturalisation of a child can be more complex than the adult application process. There are more factors to take into consideration such as where the child was born and should the application be due to surrogacy or adoption the process can be much more complex. To pursue a child naturalisation application, it is imperative to work under the guidance of an experienced professional.
There are strict requirements that you must meet to be eligible to apply for naturalisation:
- · You are required to be able to communicate effectively in either English, Scottish, Welsh or Gaelic.
- · To apply you must be aged over 18 years old.
- · You should not have any recent criminal history and be of a good character.
- · You need to be able to demonstrate a good understanding about life in the UK.
Individuals who have legally settled in the UK for 5 years or 3 years if you are a spouse of a British Citizen. The individual must be of good character and not have lived outside the UK for a certain period during their settled status.
Current guidelines in place by the Home Office state that the application should be completed within 6 months however in more complex cases there may be unavoidable delays.
A mandatory requirement is that you must take and pass a ‘Life In The UK test’. If your first language is not English and you do not have a degree taught in the English language you must also undertake and pass an English language test.
You may still apply although this will affect the application process complexity and may lead to delays in a decision. Each application is decided on its own merit and it will be taken into account the nature of the crime(s), whether they were a one off and when they were committed and the punishment received.
If a citizen of the EEA has a permanent residence card and meets the criteria then yes, they can apply for naturalisation.
You will be able to apply for a British passport once you have been approved for naturalisation. There are certain local authorities that will allow you to start the process when you apply for naturalisation however you would need to check the availability in your area.