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Naturalisation

Naturalisation is a route to British citizenship available after a period of being subject to immigration control. Naturalisation, unlike registration, is not an entitlement nor is it a right. It is a matter of law as set out in the British Nationality Act 1981. As such, a decision can only be made to grant you British citizenship if you can demonstrate that you satisfy certain legal requirements and the Home Secretary thinks fit to naturalise you.


We can advise you on whether you are eligible for naturalisation, whether you meet the requirements, and how to go about the application. The requirements for naturalisation differ depending on whether or not you are applying on the basis of marriage or civil partnership with a British citizen.


What are the requirements to apply for naturalisation if I am married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen?
There are a number of requirements, namely:
- that you are aged 18 or over when you apply
- That you are married to or the civil partner of a British citizen on the date of application
- That you are of sound mind, so that you understand the step you are taking (but see the section on those who are not of sound mind)
- That you can communicate in English (or Welsh or Scottish Gaelic) to an acceptable degree
- That you have sufficient knowledge about life in the UK. There is a separate “life in the UK” test which you need to pass separately – and pay for separately.
- That you are of good character
- That you have lived in the UK for a minimum of 3 years before you apply and meet the required residency requirements

What are the residency requirements to prove that I have lived in the UK for 3 years before I apply?
There are a number of requirements, which you must all satisfy:
- You must have been physically present in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands on the day 3 years before the application is received by the Home Office. For example, if your application is received on 05/04/2019, you should have been physically present in the UK on 05/04/2016.
Most applications that fail do so because applicants have applied even though they cannot satisfy this requirement of being present in the UK at the beginning of the residential qualifying period.
- You must not have had more than 270 days outside the UK in the 3-year period before making the application.
- You must not have had more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12-month period before making the application.
- You must be free of immigration time restrictions on the date of application.
- You must not have been in breach of the immigration rules in the 3-year period before making the application.

What are the requirements to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen if my application is not based on my marriage or civil partnership to a British national?

There are a number of requirements, which you must all satisfy. You must:
- be aged 18 or over when you apply
- be of sound mind, so that you understand the step they are taking
- intend to continue to live in the UK, or to continue in Crown service, the service of an international organisation of which the UK is a member, or the service of a company or association established in the UK
- be able to communicate in English (or Welsh or Scottish Gaelic) to an acceptable degree
- have sufficient knowledge about life in the UK. There is a separate “life in the UK” test which applicants need to pass separately to prove this – and pay for separately.
- be of good character (this is the most subjective criterium)
- have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years before you apply and meet the required residency requirements

What are the residency requirements to prove that I have lived in the UK for 5 years?
- As above, you must have been physically present in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands on the day 5 years before the application is received by the Home Office. For example, if your application is received on 05/01/2018 you should have been physically present in the UK on 05/01/2013.
Most applications that fail do so because applicants have applied even though they cannot satisfy the residence requirement to be present in the UK at the beginning of the residential qualifying period. Note that if you are a current or former member of the UK armed forces, you may not have to meet this requirement, if you were serving outside of the UK on the date 5 years before applying.
- You must not have had more than 450 days outside the UK in the 5-year period before making the application
- You must not have had more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12-month period before making the application
- You must be free of immigration time restrictions on the date of application, and have been free of immigration time restrictions for the 12-month period before making the application. This means that you must have permanent residence in the UK if you are an EEA national or family member, or obtained indefinite leave to remain 12 months before you apply.
- You must not have been in breach of the immigration rules in the 5-year period before making the application.

Is there a cost?
Yes, there is a fee of £1,330 for adults applying for naturalisation. This fee is non-refundable if your application is successful. Additionally, there is a separate, non-refundable fee of £50 for the “life in the UK” test.

If your application is not successful, part of the fee will be reimbursed to you, namely £80. That is the cost of the citizenship ceremony, which you do not need to pay if your application is not accepted.




I have recently used the video chat consultation and the application checking service provided by Seraphus while putting together my naturalisation application. In both instances, I received personalised advice and clear, actionable instructions on how to improve my application. Everyone I have been in touch with was highly knowledgeable and professional, as well as approachable and compassionate. Both services were very easy to access, provided great value, and the turnaround time was very quick, as promised on the website. I would definitely recommend Seraphus to anyone looking for help making an immigration application.


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