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There are various approaches to apply for British citizenship depending on your conditions.

While you were born in the UK

You do not naturally get British citizenship in the event that you were born in the UK. It relies upon when you were born and your parent’s conditions. You might be qualified to apply for citizenship in the event that you were born in the UK and are not a British resident.

While you moved to the UK

You may be eligible to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation which depends on your condition.

When you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen

You must have lived in the UK for the last three years to apply as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen. You will require having

  • Indefinite leave to remain.
  • You have settlement status under the EU settlement scheme.
  • A permanent residence document confirming you have permanent residence status.

Indefinite leave to remain

You can apply for indefinite leave to remain after you have lived in the UK for five years. If you aspire to apply for citizenship with ILR you must live in the UK for 12 months after getting it.

Settlement status under the EU settlement scheme

If you and your family are from EU, EEA or Switzerland you can apply for settled status after you reside in the UK for five years.

Moreover, if you have British parent you may be considered to apply for citizenship. Besides, if you have another type of British nationality you are most probably eligible to apply for British citizenship. When you are stateless or you previously surrendered your citizenship, you are more likely able to apply for the British citizenship.

Permanent residence document

If your family member are from EU, EEA or Switzerland you usually get permanent residence status naturally while living in the UK for five years. You must normally have to reside in the UK for 12 months after getting permanent residence status to apply British citizenship with permanent residence status. You require holding a permanent residence also that proves you have lived in the UK for five years. You will be eligible to apply for British citizenship if the five year period was more than 12 months before.

British citizenship- The citizenship ceremonies

If you are 18 or over and have made a successful application to become a British citizen you require attending a citizenship ceremony. You will be informed from the UK home office.

Booking your citizenship ceremonies

Individuals aspiring to arrange citizenship ceremonies will need to contact with local council to know when and where ceremonies can be organized. Local council can arrange the ceremony group wise but you can ask for a private ceremony if you prefer.

The cost of group ceremonies is £80 and in terms of private ceremonies it varies depending on the council. However, individual can take up to two guests. While attending a ceremony the attendee will require taking their Home Office invitation letter and original photographic identification.


The oath at the time of ceremony

During the ceremony the new citizens will have to pledge an oath or affirmation if preferred and a pledge. This means an individual will promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.

Toward the finish of the ceremony, the attendees will be presented with a certificate of British citizenship.

Who does not require attending a ceremony

If the Individuals are not living in the UK they can ask the embassy or consulate in the country if they can have the ceremony there where they are living. If individuals are in abroad only for a short time, they might be asked to postpone the ceremony until they return in the UK. Individual does not need to attend a citizenship ceremony if they are registering to become a

  • British overseas territories citizen
  • British overseas citizen
  • British subject

Why the application is refused by the home office

There are three common errors that make the visa refusal.

  • Not meeting the good character requirements
  • Not meeting the residence requirements
  • Not having the English language requirements

It is dependent upon the candidate to exhibit that they do fulfil the necessities or extra criteria, or legitimacy excellent thought. It isn’t for the Home Secretary to demonstrate that applicant do not meet the prerequisites. If she cannot be fulfilled that the prerequisites are met then she is bound by law to deny the application. Applications are not held under steady audit and a new application and charge must be submitted if an unsuccessful candidate wishes to get British.

However, home office will not normally reopen the application if it was refused because candidate did not respond to enquiries or arrange a citizenship ceremony. Moreover, because of an unexpected absence or illness if the applicants do not receive their correspondence, home office may decide to do so in exceptionally compelling circumstances.

Assessment of eligibility

You should assess if you satisfied the requirements before you decide whether to make a formal request for your application to be reconsidered. Please do bear in mind that the home secretary will also consider how assertions are met. For instance, For example, where an application has been lodged abroad in order to avoid the requirement to be free from UK immigration conditions on the date of application, or is supported by evidence of attendance on an ESOL course which is considered to have been of dubious merit, the Home Secretary will invoke her discretion to refuse naturalisation and is unlikely to be prepared to reconsider her decision.

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