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If you are living in the UK and wish to settle permanently you can apply for UK permanent residency which is also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain. Once you are holding ILR you have the chance to apply for full UK citizenship.
Applicants can apply for ILR after five years of legal residence in the UK. However in some cases it will be sooner. You can apply for UK citizenship after five years of residence.
There are different ways to become UK citizenship.
UK citizenship by Birth
You do not get British citizenship if you were born in the UK. It depends on where you were born and your parent’s circumstances. You are usually automatically a British citizen if you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983. You will be automatically British citizen when one of your parents was British citizen or settled in the UK.
British citizenship by registration
If you are not qualified for British citizenship automatically you are more likely eligible for registration as a British citizen. In order to be entitled to register as a British citizen you will need to satisfy the Home Office that you meet one of the following requirements:
UK citizenship by naturalisation
You may be eligible to apply for citizenship by naturalisation depending on your situation. If you are at least 18 years old and have been granted indefinite leave to remain or have acquired a right of permanent residence in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for British Citizenship by Naturalisation. In order to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation you will require meeting certain criteria with regard to your immigration status, length of residence in the UK, future intentions, knowledge of English language and good character. The requirements for British citizenship vary depending on the marital status.
Applicants who are married to a British citizen must
Applicants who are not married to a British citizen must
British citizen by adoption
If your child is adopted by order of a court in the UK, or in any British overseas territory and at least one of the adoptive parents was a British citizen at the time the adoption order was made, then the child will automatically become a British citizen.