British Citizenship Application Guide

Applying for British Citizenship or Nationality can be an ultimate immigration application for many migrants. Achieving British citizenship grants you full rights to live, work, and travel as a UK citizen. You can enter and leave the country without restrictions and enjoy the status that such esteemed citizenship offers. It is very rare that citizenship gets revoked; therefore, obtaining British Citizenship will ensure you and your family feel secure.

For many people who have migrated to the UK and built a life here, the moment they qualify to apply for British Citizenship is a culmination of years of hard work and planning.  Being denied citizenship after investing so much of your life into the process can be devastating.  Therefore, it is essential to prepare a quality application for naturalisation that improves chances of positive results.  At A Y & J Solicitors, we can help you put together a strong application and collate all the required documentation.

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Whether you can become a British Citizen depends on your circumstances. There may be more than one way for you to apply and if this is the case, you can choose which route to use.

If you have moved to the UK on a visa or are an EEA citizen, you can apply for British Citizenship if:

Spouse’s of British Citizens can apply for naturalisation after three years if:

  • they have Indefinite Leave to Remain, or
  • an EEA permanent residence document

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

  • you have a British parent
  • you are stateless
  • you hold another type of British nationality
  • at some stage you renounced your British citizenship

If your parents came to the UK under the Windrush scheme, you may be able to apply for British Citizenship if they:

  • came to the UK before 1973,
  • you live in the country and have not left the UK for more than two years

We will analyse the unique circumstances of the applicant and provide honest advice; our immigration law experts are happy to assist you. Contact us for more information.

British Citizenship Naturalisation Eligibility Requirements

You must meet the following criteria:

  • Have lived legally in the UK for at least five years
  • Have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for at least 12 months
  • Meet the residency requirements
  • Have proof of English language proficiency:
    • nationality from an English-speaking country
    • OR an accepted English language degree
    • OR you have successfully passed an accredited English language test
  • Pass ‘Life in the UK’ test
  • Have a good character
  • Plan to live permanently in the UK

For details on these requirements, our immigration law experts are happy to assist you.  Please contact us.

How Do I Apply for British Citizenship?

Overseas applicants can now apply online. You will need to fill online form and answer all questions that are relevant to your application. You can edit and download the application before it is submitted. Those who are living in the UK, can use the Form AN for the application of British Citizenship by naturalisation. Our team can provide you with advice on the best options available to you and your family.

What Are the Documents Required to Obtain British Citizenship?

You will need to provide the following documents with your application (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Your passport/travel document and valid identity card (if applicable)
  • Proof you have Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency
  • Your Life in the UK test pass certificate
  • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate (if applicable)
  • P60s for the previous six years, or five years if married to a British citizen
  • Payslips (if P60s do not cover the whole period)
  • Self-employed applicants require self-assessment statements for each year of the six /five years

Our team can assist you with collating the required documentation and ensure nothing is missed.

What Are the Advantages of Becoming a British Citizen?

There are many advantages to becoming a British Citizen.  One of the most important advantages is the emotional peace of mind of knowing that you have as much right to remain in the UK as a person who was born here, regardless of future government policies.

Other advantages include:

  • You can travel in and out of the UK freely and for a long as you want
  • You can fully participate in all local and general elections and exercise your right to vote
  • You will be eligible for all state benefits and healthcare

What Can I Do if My Application for British Citizenship is Refused?

Applications for British Citizenship can be refused for many reasons.  One of the most common is that the application form has been filled in incorrectly and/or the correct documentation has not been supplied.

If your application has been refused, our immigration lawyers will examine the reason why and provide expert advice on the best plan of action.  This could include resubmitting the application, reconsideration application or seeking a Judicial Review.

Why Choose A Y & J Solicitors While Applying for British Citizenship?

British Citizenship Law is complex and very challenging.  Expertise in this very technical field of law is essential for successful British Citizenship application. The highly qualified lawyers at A Y & J Solicitors are passionate about helping clients to gain citizenship.  They take the time needed to ensure that you understand the process and will assist with all the details required for application.


To meet the ‘continuous residency requirements,’ you need to show that you have lived in the UK for at least five years and during that time:

  • spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those five years
  • spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months

If you are concerned about whether you meet the ‘continuous residency requirements’, please talk to one of our immigration law experts.

There is no statutory definition of ‘good character’ and no statutory guidance on the interpretation or application of the requirement.  There is, however, internal guidance to Home Office decision makers in the form of the Nationality Guidance (NG) Good character requirement, which provides information on how the requirement is applied in practice in relation to all relevant applications for British citizenship.

Things which may lead immigration officials to believe you are not of good character include (but are not limited to):

  • a criminal conviction
  • deception in your dealings with immigration officials
  • financial matters including bankruptcy, debt, unlawful recourse to public funds, or non-payment of council tax
  • notoriety in the local or wider community

If you believe that some aspect of your application may mean that you fail to meet the good character requirement, speak to one of our immigration lawyers.  Our knowledge and experience means that we can assist you with explaining your circumstances to the Home Office.

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What should you know about British citizenship?
Some of the facts:

Receiving your British citizenship is an exciting step; For most people, you must have Indefinite Leave to Remain before you can apply for citizenship; You must first hold settlement status for 12 months; At the time of application, you must be at least 18 years old, you are of good character, for example, have no criminal record in the past 10 years, no claims of deception against you by Home Office, you will continue to live in the UK, you have met the knowledge of English and Life in the UK, and lastly meet the residency requirement; You must also ensure that you do not exceed absence limits; A refusal of a British citizenship application does not attract right of appeal;

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