British Citizenship by naturalisation

British Citizenship by naturalisation is the most common application route to British Citizenship.

Introduction to British Citizenship by naturalisation

British Citizenship by naturalisation is the most common route to British Citizenship for non-British nationals who can meet certain eligibility requirements. If you do not qualify for British Citizenship by naturalisation, you may be eligible for British Citizenship by registration.

The benefits of becoming a British citizen can include the right to live and work in the UK without restrictions, the ability to travel using a British passport, receive consular assistance while abroad, and access to certain benefits and services.
However, citizenship isn’t the only way to live and work in the UK permanently, so decide if citizenship is right for you before you apply. The rules regarding British citizenship can be complex and may depend on individual circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns about your own citizenship status, you should book our online consultation service.

How to get British citizenship by naturalisation

To be eligible for naturalisation, you must have lived in the UK for at least five years (or three years if you are married to a British citizen or settled person), have held Indefinite Leave to Remain (‘settled’) for at least 12 months if you are not married to a British citizen, and meet the English language and knowledge of life in the UK requirements.
You can apply for British citizenship by completing the application and paying a fee on the website. Afterwards, you will need to confirm your biometric details in person at a UKVCAS centre. Once these steps are complete, the Home Office will process your application and if approved, you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.

Requirements to naturalise as a British citizen

To naturalise as a British citizen, you must meet the following British citizenship requirements:

Referees for British Citizenship

Your British citizenship application will also require two referees.They need to confirm the information you have provided on your form is correct and that they know you well.
You can decide who they are so long as they meet the meet the requirements. Broadly these requirements are that both referees must have known you for at least three years; they cannot be related to you or each other; they must not have had any criminal convictions within the last ten years; one referee must be a professional person, such as a minister of religion or a dentist and the other referee must be British and be 25 years old.
Your application might still be successful if you are unable to provide two referees (for example, for young children) but you will need to explain why you are unable to do so. 

What documents do I need to apply for British citizenship?

The documents needed can vary depending on your circumstances, but in general, you will need to provide the following:

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