Naturalisation as a British Citizen

Naturalise as a British citizen if you have spent requisite amount of time in the UK

Naturalisation as a British Citizen

Naturalisation is not an entitlement and a decision can only be made to grant you citizenship if you can demonstrate that you satisfy certain legal requirements and the Home Secretary thinks fit to naturalise you.

The requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen differ depending on whether or not you are applying on the basis of marriage or civil partnership with a British citizen.

If you are married to or the civil partner of a British citizen - The legal requirements you should meet before you apply are that you:
• Are aged 18 or over when you apply
• Are married to or the civil partner of a British citizen on the date of application
• Are of sound mind, so that you understand the step you are taking (but see the section on those who are not of Sound mind)
• Can communicate in English (or Welsh or Scottish Gaelic) to an acceptable level
• Have sufficient knowledge about life in the UK
• Are of good character
• Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 3 years before you apply and meet the following residence requirements:

 The residence requirements: You must have been physically present in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands on the day 3 years before the application is received by the Home Office.
 You must not have had more than 270 days outside the UK in the 3-year period before making the application.
 You must not have had more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12-month period before making the application.
 You must be free from immigration time restrictions on the date of application.
 You must not have been in breach of the immigration laws in the 3-year period before making the application.

If you are NOT married to or the civil partner of a British citizen - The legal requirements you should meet before you apply are that you:

• Are aged 18 or over when you apply
• Are of sound mind, so that you understand the step you are taking
• Intend to continue to live in the UK, or to continue in Crown service, the service of an international organisation of which the UK is a member, or the service of a company or association established in the UK
• Can communicate in English (or Welsh or Scottish Gaelic) to an acceptable level
• Have sufficient knowledge about life in the UK
• Are of good character
• Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years before you apply and meet the following residence requirements.

The residence requirements: You must have been physically present in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands on the day 5 years before the application is received by the Home Office.

If you are a current or former member of the UK armed forces, you may not have to meet this requirement, if you were serving outside of the UK on the date 5 years before applying.

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