If you’ve lived a good number of years in Britain, you might be considering going from being an immigrant to becoming a citizen. It is easy to apply for British citizenship and the advantage is that there are many routes to do so. It can be done by naturalization or registration. This article explains the varied ways in which you can apply for UK citizenship.
The Common Prerequisites
In order to apply for citizenship by naturalization, you must fulfill the following criteria.
- You must be over 18 years of age.
- If you have a child below 18 years of age, you can submit an application on his or her behalf. A child below the age of 18 years will not have to pass the Life in the UK test.
- You should be of sound mind and possess good character.
- You should have the intention to continue living in UK.
- It is necessary to prove your knowledge of the English language. It can be an English qualification at the B1 level. This provision must be fulfilled by all except the senior members and physically impaired individuals.
- Since November 1st, 2005, individuals applying for a British citizenship have to pass the Life in UK test. This includes answering questions on British customs and traditions.
- You must have completed exactly five years in the UK before the date of application. During this 5 year wait period, you are allowed to be absent for a maximum of 450 days and only 90 days during the last 12 months of the 5 year duration.
- Your application will be rejected if during your 5 year stay in the United Kingdom you breach any of the immigration laws in place.
- You should also be granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK.