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 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 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, visit the government website.
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.