Successful application for naturalisationas a British Citizen not based on the marriage with a British citizen
Mr B had been living in the UK for more than 10 years and a few years ago he was granted ILR.Now he approached us to assist him with his application for naturalisation as a British Citizen.
How we helped
The necessary for naturalisation as a British citizen
- Are aged 18 or over
- Are of sound mind,
- Intend to continue to live in the UK, or to continue in Crown service, the service of an international organisation of which the UK is a member, or the service of a company or association established in the UK
- Can communicate in English (or Welsh or Scottish Gaelic) to an acceptable level
- Have sufficient knowledge about life in the UK
- Are of good character
- Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years before you apply and meet the following residence requirements.
To be of good character, the applicant should have shown respect for the rights and freedoms of the UK, observe its laws and fulfilled the duties and obligations as a resident of the UK. Checks will be carried out by the Home Office to ensure that the information given is correct. If the applicant was registered on the basis of incorrect or fraudulent information, the Home Office could take away the citizenship granted.
In this case, Mr B was given a caution during the last ten years, and he also had a fixed penalty notice for speeding a few years ago. We advised that Mr B that he had to honestly disclose this information. However, his application should not be refused merely because of these two issues because according to the Home Office’s guidance, Fixed penalty notices (such as speeding or parking tickets) must be disclosed, although will not normally be taken into account unless: you have failed to pay and there were criminal proceedings as a result; you received 3 or more fixed penalty notices at any level; in the past 3 years you received 2 or more fixed penalty notices, at least one of which was at the upper levels (fine of £200 or more). A caution is under the category of ‘a non-custodial offence or other out of court disposal that is recorded on a person’s criminal record’, and the application will not normally be refused if it occurred more than 3 years prior to the date of application.
We helped Mr B to collect all the documents required, complete the form, book an appointment for his biometrics and upload all the documents. With our help, his application was approved without further enquiries from the Home Office.