If your partner is a British citizen and you see your future in the UK, you may be able to acquire citizenship by marriage. However, cases can be complex and it is important to seek expert legal advice.
Who can apply for citizenship by marriage?
You can apply for citizenship by marriage if you are married or in a civil partnership with someone who is a British citizen. You must also:
- Be over the age of 18
- Have lived in the UK for the past three years, and do not have excessive absences in that period
- Have been granted indefinite leave to remain or permanent residence here
You must also prove that:
- You can speak English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic to a reasonable level, B1 CEFR
- You were in the UK exactly three years before the day the Home Office receives your application
- You have passed the Life in the UK test
- You have not lived in the UK in breach of immigration laws for the 10 years preceding the date of your naturalisation application
- You are of good character, details of which are found in naturalisation guidance
If you’re from the European Economic Area (EEA), you must be able to produce:
- Confirmation that you hold permanent residence in the UK in accordance with EEA Regulations
How we can help
Our immigration experts will help you understand obtaining citizenship through marriage to your partner – in plain English. They can advise and assist you at every step, ensuring your application isn’t rejected due to an oversight or technicality.
We also know the route to citizenship can make you feel like just a case number. So we work hard to understand your application on a personal level. Because we believe your unique circumstances as a couple are the key to unlocking your future in the UK.
Why choose Latitude Law?
Applying for citizenship through marriage can sometimes be a stressful and worrying process. So it helps to have reliable legal guidance on board. Latitude Law has a wealth of knowledge in this area of law, allowing us to provide expert support with Home Office policy, case law and the laws which govern citizenship by marriage in the UK. We make sure that we pull out all the stops to ensure your application has the best chance of success.
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All content on this page was reviewed by Latitude Law and is accurate as of 11/02/2019