British Citizenship – Applying for Naturalisation or Registration

Naturalisation as a British citizen is a significant life decision, and it is best that you consult an immigration specialist before proceeding with your application. As a niche law firm specialising in UK immigration and nationality law, our lawyers are uniquely qualified to provide all the help you require to ensure your application is successful.


What does naturalisation involve?

Naturalisation is the process most adult applicants must undergo in order to become a British citizen. If your application is successful (see the required criteria below) you will gain the full range of rights enjoyed by nationals of the UK. Our solicitors can assist you through this journey and maximise your chances for a successful naturalisation application.

Who can apply for naturalisation for British citizenship?

Once you have settled in the UK and lived here legally for five years, or three years if you are married to a British citizen, you may be eligible to naturalise as British. Before you begin your British naturalisation application, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • You must be aged 18 or over
  • You must be able to communicate in English, Welsh, or Scottish Gaelic to an acceptable level
  • You must be of good character. For example, you must not have a recent criminal record
  • You must possess a full understanding of the step you are taking and the legal implications of becoming a British citizen
  • You must have sufficient knowledge about life in the UK
  • You must intend to continue to live in the UK or to continue in Crown service, following the acceptance of your naturalisation application

Rules for children

To become British, children must undergo a registration process. The best approach may be determined by factors such as where and when the child was born and the status of the parents. Latitude Law can advise you on the best route available for your child. Our lawyers have particular expertise in complex cases involving adoption and surrogacy. For an application form and guidance, contact one of our expert solicitors

British Citizenship Q&As

Am I eligible for British Citizenship by Naturalisation?

Yes, if you hold settled status in the UK, have lived in the UK for the last 5 years or 3 years if you are married to a British citizen, have not been out of the country for more than a certain number of days, and are of “good character”.

How long does it take to apply for British Naturalisation?

The Home Office state that they aim to complete naturalisation applications within 6 months of submission. Of course, this period is not set in stone and applications can sometimes be met with delays.

What documents are required before I start the British naturalisation process?

Before beginning the process, you will need to pass a Life in the UK test and, if you do not meet the English language requirement in another way (i.e. by being a national of a majority speaking English country or by having a degree taught in English), an English language test.

How will previous convictions affect my application?

Previous convictions will be considered when looking at the good character requirement. Having a previous conviction may not automatically mean that your application will be refused. However, having such a conviction will make your application more difficult. The type (ie custodial or non-custodial) and length of any sentence are relevant, as is the nature of the crime itself and whether it was a one-off offence or part of a more persistent pattern of offending.

Can I apply for British Citizenship as an EEA national?

Yes, if you have been granted permanent residence or settled status and can meet the other requirements you will be eligible for British citizenship.

How do I apply for a British passport?

You can apply for a British passport once your naturalisation application has been approved and you have been granted a certificate of naturalisation. Note that most applicants for a first passport are required to attend an interview.

Contact Latitude Law

If you have any questions regarding any of the above criteria, your eligibility to apply for British citizenship or simply require legal advice on UK naturalisation or registration of children, feel free to contact the experienced immigration and nationality lawyers at Latitude Law.

Call 0161 234 6800 or complete our enquiry form and make an appointment with an immigration solicitor to discuss your naturalisation application. We can arrange appointments in our London, Liverpool, or Manchester offices, or we can take your instructions via email, phone, or Skype.

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UK Entry Clearance Granted

I would like to express my most sincere gratitude to Joel Reiss for his amazing service in relation to my visa application.

Reiss was outstanding as a consultant and adviser and my family and I highly value the efforts he took; we are deeply appriciative of his work and knowledge in the legal matters, processes and proceedings. He prepared our application including a covering letter from scratch, which he refined through discussion before making it an impeccable one to refuse. There were a few complicated elements surrounding our application and we believe had it not been for Mr.Reiss and his flawless services together with the expertise of Latitude Law, we would not have recieved our visa.

He was quick in clarifying our queries and made it a point to reply as soon as possible. Even when we had to be away from work, Reiss made sure our application was not interrupted and it could be filed on time. The constant communication and the replies continued even after the application was submitted and the services were paid for all the way till we recieved the decision. We have even been informed of the travel guidelines and quarantine regulations, and I honestly believe the fee we paid did not include these supplementary services.

I would also like to extend my upmost appreciation to Gary McIndoe, the Director, Latitude Law and everybody else at the firm including Jessica Lee for their service and cooperation.

I would not think twice in recommending Joel Reiss and Latitude Law for visa application and allied services.

Mr Vineesh

Success for the Bouameur Family

I am writing this on behalf of the whole family, we would like to say thank you. These two words are such small words for the gratitude and high regard we all hold you in.

Your firm and especially you have been with us throughout the difficult years we have had and you have always been there when we needed picking up, our shoulder to cry on that saw us through with honesty and realistic advice.

I cannot recommend your firm and you enough to people who find themselves at the mercy of a system that at best can be described as confusing.

You have given us back our lives and for that you will always be a cherished member of our family and never forgotten

Many many thanks to you and your team for everything

The Bouameur Family

Naturalisation success for a medical doctor

I shall have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Latitude Law, which is clearly an extremely proficient unit, exemplified by helping clients with patience, attention to detail and sensitivity in equal measure.

Particular mention is merited to Ms Gemma Wylie, whose professionalism is par excellence. I couldn’t thank her enough.

Dr LG

All content on this page was reviewed by Latitude Law and is accurate as of 11/02/2019