What Is Naturalisation & How To Apply?
In our blog update we’ll be looking at what Naturalisation is and how you can apply.
Naturalisation is a legal process where a non-British adult becomes a British citizen. This grants the same legal rights and status as the British-born.
This route is developed for individuals without a claim to British nationality through birth or family. Rather, they were eligible to apply for citizenship based on their UK residency.
Several essential conditions must be fulfilled if you wish to apply to be naturalised as a British citizen. This includes a limitation on the number of days you can be absent from the UK before applying. Also, the period you have lived in the UK, how long you have had the indefinite leave to remain (ILR)/settled status in the UK, and finally, if you are of good character.
Therefore, you must approach such applications carefully. Before proceeding with such an application, you must thoroughly understand the requirements and obligations involved in deciding to become a British citizen.
Deciding to apply to become a UK citizen is a significant decision. By doing so, you agree to assume the responsibilities involved in citizenship and respect the UK’s laws, traditions, and values. Furthermore, although the UK does permit dual citizenship, other countries may not. Therefore, if you’re determined to apply for British nationality, it is compulsory to know the impact of this decision on your existing nationality(ies).
How Can You Apply for Naturalisation?
First, submit an online application form and give your biometric information. A decision can take up to 6 months for such applications. The Home Office does not provide any expedited service regarding citizenship applications; however, while your application is pending, you can travel outside the United Kingdom.
If your application is approved, you must schedule and take part in a citizenship ceremony with your local council. You will receive your naturalisation certificate at this ceremony and officially become a British citizen. From this point, your grant of ILR/settled status will be automatically invalidated. Therefore, you will no longer need to use ILR Biometric Residence Permits to travel to and fro from the UK. Instead, you will need to apply for your first British passport.
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