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What are the immigration routes for British citizenship registration?

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Many individuals desire to become citizens of the United Kingdom. Thousands of overseas students and professionals visit the United Kingdom every year to study, work or marry.

Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in the United Kingdom, say for 5 years or more, can apply for settlement and, eventually, British citizenship provided they meet the qualification standards.

Citizenship in the United Kingdom can be obtained in a variety of ways. Citizenship via Naturalization, on the other hand, is one of the best ways to get citizenship in the United Kingdom.

The procedure for applying for British citizenship

Citizenship in the United Kingdom can be applied online by people from other countries. You must fill out an online application form and answer all of the questions related to your application. You can make modifications and download it before applying.

The type of citizenship application you make determines the type of British citizenship application form you use. In the United Kingdom, the bulk of citizenship applications is conducted online. As a candidate, you should first establish the sort of citizenship application you require before filling out the online form. You'd be able to upload supporting papers and book a biometric session through a separate site, and you'd be able to pay online as well.

There are still some paper application forms available to fill out and mail in. Form AN, for example, is the proper form for naturalisation, but Form MN1 is the correct form for registering a minor child. Applicants should only utilise the postal application if it is necessary.

What are the options for obtaining British citizenship through immigration?

Adults may be able to register as British citizens if they meet the following criteria:-

     You have another type of British nationality

     If you were born before 1 January 1983 to a British mother.

Adults and children may be eligible to register if they meet the following criteria:

     They were born in the United Kingdom

     Neither of their parents was British or settled

     They spent the first ten years of their childhood in the United Kingdom

     They have not spent more than 90 days outside the United Kingdom in any of those ten years.

If a non-British kid (under 18) is born in the United Kingdom and one of their parents has been given Indefinite Leave to Remain/Settled status, the child may be able to register as a British citizen.

In some situations, a non-British child born outside the UK to a parent who has been granted ILR may be entitled to apply for registration.

Check to see whether you are eligible to become a British citizen

Your ability to become a British citizen is contingent on your circumstances. You may be able to apply in more than one manner, in which case you can pick which option to choose.

You can apply for British citizenship if:

     You have lived in the UK for at least 5 years

     You have had Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months

     You have lived in the UK for at least 5 years

Spouses of British nationals can apply for naturalisation after living in the UK for three years if they have Indefinite Leave to Remain or settled status in the European Economic Area.

You may also be eligible to apply for British citizenship if:

     You have a British parent

     You are stateless,

     You have previously had another sort of British nationality,

     You have renounced your British citizenship,

If you are a Commonwealth citizen, you may be eligible for British citizenship under the Windrush scheme if you or your parents arrived in the UK before 1973, have lived in the nation for more than two years, and have not left the country.

To apply for British citizenship, you'll need the following documents

Obtaining British citizenship is a time-consuming procedure that requires a lot of paperwork. The following documents must be included with your application:

     A valid ID card, as well as your passport or travel document (if applicable)

     You must provide documentation of your Indefinite Leave to Remain status.

     Demonstration of your English communication skills

     Your Life in the United Kingdom exam completion certificate

     Your marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)

     Paystubs dating back six years, or five years if married to a British citizen. For the preceding six years, or five years if married to a British citizen, P60s are required (if P60s do not cover the whole period)

     Applicants who are self-employed must present self-assessment statements for each of the five/six years.

Processing time

The process of applying for British citizenship can take up to six months, although most applications are decided far sooner. After your application has been granted, you will receive an acceptance letter as well as a citizenship invitation letter. You should plan a citizenship ceremony at your local register as soon as possible. Ceremonies are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will only become a British citizen after attending your naturalisation ceremony and receiving your certificate of naturalisation. You'll be eligible to apply for your first British passport once you've finished the naturalisation procedure.

We are here to assist you

It is pretty challenging to get British Citizenship given the strict criteria put out by the Home Office.  However, At A Y & J Solicitors, we can help you put together a strong application and collate all the required documentation. This can increase your chances of getting approval by folds. Our expert immigration lawyers have a record of success. Feel free to reach out to us for further assistance. If you have more legal blog than write for us law

 

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