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    What is Citizenship UK?

    Citizenship/naturalisation UK is the final step after an Indefinite Leave to Remain or a settled status for many immigrants who want to permanently settle in the UK.

    After a successful grant to British Citizenship, you can get to enjoy the serene life of living, working, studying, and even travelling to and from the UK without any immigration restrictions.

    For a successful UK Citizenship application, it is essential to always seek advice from qualified experts who are well-experienced with the UK naturalization process. Our UK Immigration team can offer you supreme services at an affordable cost, which covers application preparation supported by a sound cover letter that meets the Home Office preferences and standards.  So, please stay connected with our expert immigration team via a call at  0800 048 7573; you can also drop us an email: (contact@axis.lawyer). Feel free to make an online query; you are welcome to seek our assistance via social media platforms.

    Who is eligible to apply for UK naturalization?

    UK naturalisation eligibility criteria: You are eligible to apply if:

    • You have lived in the UK for five years
    • You have been holding the following status for the last 12 months either;
    • ILR, or
    • Settled status (EU settlement scheme)
    • Indefinite leave to enter (permission to enter the UK permanently)
    • You are over 18 years of age.
    • You have applied precisely after five years, i.e. if your date of entering the UK was 24th June 2017, you should wait until 25th June 2022 to apply for Citizenship UK.
    • You have passed a ‘Life in the UK test’/ UK Citizenship test.
    • You have a good command of the English language, i.e. at least level B1 per CEFR criteria.
    • You intend to live in the UK permanently.
    • You’ve met the good character requirements.

    Please be well noted; If you are married to a British-settled partner, you don’t have to wait for 12 months to apply for UK naturalisation.

    What is a UK Citizenship application form?

    UK Citizenship application form

    You are required to complete the citizenship form to acquire full UK Citizenship by naturalization process. Each section covers providing details to prove your eligibility, and these include:

    • Details of employment status.
    • Proof of residency.
    • Biographical information.
    • Evidence of genuine relationship (for the spouses of a British citizen).
    • Details of two referees who will need to validate that the information you have provided is correct.

    Get help from our Immigration Solicitors! Naturalisation UK application assistance

    Our highly qualified Axis team can optimise the standards of your application per UKVI policy. One of our assigned lawyers will initially proofread your application to ensure you don’t miss out on any crucial supporting documents and your application is correctly filled. So you are always welcome to reach out and get immediate assistance to apply for naturalisation UK. Call us at 0800 048 7573, or drop us an email: (contact@axis.lawyer).

    What are the residency requirements to apply for Citizenship UK

    To successfully qualify for Citizenship UK and a British passport, you must meet and prove residency requirements.

    How to apply for UK Citizenship?

    Following is the step-by-step guidelines to successfully apply for UK Citizenship:

    • Check if you have met the significant requirements, including good character requirements and residency requirements.
    • Ensure you have gathered all the required supporting documents for your application.
    • Provide the details of two referees who would support your application.
    • Complete an online application form.
    • Submit the form and pay the UK citizenship cost of approximately £1,330 and an additional £19.20 for the biometric enrolment (fingerprints and photographs).
    • Upload the scanned documents using online portal.
    • Book and attend the biometric appointment at the UKVCAS centre
    • Arrange and attend the Citizenship ceremony once you’ve received a UK naturalisation invitation letter, i.e. within three months of the letter

    Be sure to attend the Citizenship ceremony, which will require your oath of allegiance. Only then you will be able to receive the naturalisation certificate and be able to acquire British nationality.

    Citizenship UK residency requirements:

    • A valid certificate of English language and Life in the UK (UK Citizenship) test.
    • Evidence of a valid passport, birth certificate, and a valid travel document if applicable.
    • Proof of past immigration history/status.
    • Proof of Indefinite Leave to Remain status or EU settled status, i.e. Biometric card, residence card.
    • Proof of lawfully residing in the UK during the qualifying period.
    • Travel details of any time spent outside the UK, i.e. must show that you were not absent from the UK for more than 450-days during your 5-year qualifying period.
    • Proof of character suitability requirements, i.e. must not have breached the immigration laws.
    • Proof of exercising the treaty rights in the three- or five-years period depending on your immigration status, i.e. bank statements, letters from the educational institutes, current employment.

    Who can be a referee for my UK Citizenship application?

    UK Citizenship application referees’ requirements

    Your UK Citizenship application must be duly certified by at least two referees, undersigning to validate that you have provided the correct details. Your referees must be one with professional background. The referees must be well acquainted with you for at least three years, but they must not be related to you in any way. Moreover, your referees should also satisfy the good character requirements and not have violated any law in the last ten years. One of the referees must be a British citizen.

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    We can help clients across the UK. We service the work from our four offices
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    What are the differences between Citizenship by naturalisation UK and ILR?

    Naturalisation UK vs ILR

    In both cases, you reserve the right to work, study and live in the United Kingdom without any immigration restrictions. Nevertheless, you should know the significant differences between naturalisation UK and ILR mentioned herein.

     Naturalisation UK

    With British nationality, you can enjoy the full rights of a UK citizen. You can leave and enter the UK without any immigration restrictions or control. Moreover, you don’t have to abide by the 180-day absence rule, which implies that your period of absence from the UK will not affect your immigration status. 

    Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

    You are granted Indefinite Leave to Remain after your qualifying period under strict Home Office rules and regulations. With ILR, you can access public funds, including government bursaries, state pensions, etc. Likewise, you can enter and return to the UK without needing to apply for any immigration visa. ILR grant is a penultimate step towards getting naturalisation as a UK citizen. Nonetheless, you are not allowed to remain absent from the UK for more than 2-years or else your ILR status will lapse.

    Can I renounce UK naturalisation or nationality?

    Renounce your UK naturalisation or Nationality.

    If you are a holder of dual nationality (citizen of another country), you can renounce your UK citizenship by naturalisation status. Nonetheless, you may not need to give up your British nationality if you wish to register as a citizen of another country that allows dual Citizenship. However, if you are willing to give up your British citizenship, for instance, to become national of any other country that does not allow British Citizenship. You will receive a ‘declaration of renunciation’ once your request is approved. While this may affect your UK naturalisation, other family members can retain their UK citizenship as British nationals.

    Please keep in mind, that you must be:

    • at least 18 years old
    • meet the ‘sound mind’ requirements (be legally considered to make your own decisions)

    Apply for resumption if you have changed your mind and want to resume your British nationality status. It is crucial to keep in mind while ‘resuming’ your Citizenship in the UK that you continue to satisfy the good character requirements per Home office Policy to reclaim your citizenship status in the UK.

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    What are the requirements to apply for UK Citizenship by descent?

    Apply for UK Citizenship by descent

    You may apply for UK citizenship/naturalisation by descent if:

    • You were born (outside the UK/ abroad).
    • Your grandfather was a British born employed in crown service.

    Please bear in mind that you will not ‘automatically’ acquire nationality by descent in the UK if your parents were British Citizens.

    How can I apply for UK Citizenship as a refugee?

    Stages to apply for UK Citizenship by refugee status

    With the announcement of Borders, Citizenship and Immigration act 2009, there are three stages for refugees to acquire permanent residence and UK naturalisation (Citizenship), and these include:

     Stage-1: Securing Temporary residence status (five years).

    Stage-2: Probationary Citizenship (One to three years). This stage requires:

    • passing the UK Citizenship Test/Life in the UK,
    • satisfying ‘good character’ requirements,

    Stage 3: Getting full Citizenship (naturalisation) or Indefinite status.

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    We can help clients across the UK. We service the work from our four offices
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    How can I track my UK Citizenship application status?

    Track your UK Citizenship application

    Generally, the average processing time for a UK Citizenship application is within three to six weeks or even longer, depending on the complexity of your case.

    Interestingly, you are free to travel abroad while your UK Citizenship application is still in the process. Although the online tracking system is not available, you may stay in contact with the UKVI via email or a call to inquire about your status.

    What are the requirements for naturalisation (Citizenship) UK by birth & by descent?

    Citizenship UK by Birth requirements

     You would be British by birth if you were born in the United Kingdom prior to 1 January 1983, however if you were born after 1 January 1983, you would only be British if one of your parents was British or hold an Indefinite Leave to remain at the time of your Birth.

    Citizenship UK by descent

    If you are born outside the UK to a British parent you will be British by descent but will require registration as a British Citizen.

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    How can AXIS Solicitors help with UK Citizenship applications?

    At Axis Solicitors Ltd we offer the following assistance to help you with your application for a successful British Citizenship:

    One-on-one consultancy via telephone/video call or in-person
    Assessment of eligibility for the naturalisation UK.

    Gathering, and compiling all the evidence to ensure that the necessary supporting documentation is complete.

    Offer a detailed cover letter for representation in support of your case to boost the merit of your application further.

    Completing and comprehensively reviewing the form and cover letter

    Frequent communication with the caseworker at Axis from the start of your application till your UK Citizenship application is decided.

    Need an Immigration advice?

    We can help clients across the UK. We service the work from our four offices
    (Manchester, London, Birmingham and Chester)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    For citizenship application you usually receive a decision within 6 months. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the decision process for the UK Citizenship application may take longer than six months. Once your application is approved, you will be required to arrange for the Citizenship ceremony. You will then acquire a certificate of naturalisation UK and will be able to apply for a British passport.

    In the United Kingdom, you are allowed to have dual nationality/citizenship. It means you can apply for naturalisation UK (citizenship), even if you hold multiple nationalities. However, it is crucial that you check with your country’s embassy if it allows dual nationality,

    If you are from a country that doesn’t allow dual nationality, you may have to give up your previous Citizenship once you become a British National by naturalisation.

    It is, therefore, recommended to check further if you need to notify your embassy if you are planning to naturalise in the UK.

    The Nationality fee for 2021/2022 are:

    • Naturalisation fee: £1,330 (this includes Citizenship ceremony fee £80)
    • Nationality registration as a British citizen – adult £1,206
    • Nationality registration as a British citizen – child £1,012
    • Renunciation of nationality— £372

    Before you apply for UK Citizenship meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • You hold a settled status.
    • To apply for citizenship with settled status you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting it.
    • You must be living in the UK for five years and must not be living abroad for more than 450 days at the time of your application.
    • Must not have spent more than 90 days during the last 12 months.
    • Meet the standard English Language requirements.

    According to the British Nationality act, ’90 days rule’ signifies the major UK naturalisation residency requirements. It states that you must not be absent from the UK for more than 90 days within the last 12 months before the day of submitting your UK Citizenship application.

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