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BRITISH CITIZENSHIP UPDATES FOR SPOUSES & DEPENDANTS 2024 UK DEPENDANT VISA 2024

Navigating Naturalisation as a British Citizen for Spouses of British Nationals

If my spouse is a British citizen, what are the differences in requirements for naturalisation?

  1. Residency Requirements

Marriage to a British citizen can alter the residency requirements for naturalisation. If you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, you need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of three years before your application. Additionally, during these three years, your time spent outside the UK should not exceed 270 days, and no more than 90 days should be spent abroad in the last 12 months before applying.

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  1. Exemptions and Special Circumstances

The Home Office provides exemptions to these residency requirements in certain situations. For instance, if your partner is working overseas for the UK government or an associated organization, this can be considered. Other exceptional circumstances, like health issues or travel restrictions preventing UK residence at the start of the 3-year period, are also taken into account.





 

  1. Additional Criteria for Application

Meeting the residency criteria is just one part of the application process. Applicants must also hold one of the following statuses: Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), Settled Status (under the EU Settlement Scheme), or Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK. Proof of being in the UK exactly three years before the application is received, knowledge of English, Welsh, or Scottish Gaelic, passing the Life in the UK test, and good character are also required.

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  1. Application Cost and Processing Time

The cost for applying for naturalisation is £1,500, effective from 4 October 2023. The Home Office typically makes a decision within six months, but some cases may take longer.





 

Summary

For spouses of British citizens applying for naturalisation, understanding the unique residency requirements and additional criteria is crucial. While the process involves proving prolonged UK residence, holding necessary legal statuses, language proficiency, and character, there are exemptions and special circumstances that the Home Office considers. Being aware of these nuances can significantly influence the success of the application.

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