British Citizenship is the final UK immigration process for foreign nationals who have held permanent residence for at least 1 year. This process only obtains a certificate of British citizenship. Afterwards you will then apply for a passport using this certificate as evidence.
Benefits of British Citizenship
Unlike visas for short term residency such as UK visit visas, travel visas or work permits, the British Naturalisation service offers residency in the UK as a British Citizen and imposes no time or UK immigration restrictions upon the holder. A work visa is not required and successful candidates are free to seek and under take work in Great Britain without immigration constraint. British Citizens can enjoy and use the full range of UK services available without any restrictions that they may have had before. You may have heard the term naturalisation used when talking about British citizenship. This means you become naturalised and a citizen of that nation, in this case the UK.
Application for British Citizenship
5 year route to naturalisation
If you have been living in the UK for 5 years or more and had Indefinite Leave to remain for a minimum of 12 months you may be eligible to apply for Citizenship.
3 year route to naturalisation
If you are Married to someone who is a British Citizen you may be able to apply for British citizenship after being in the country for 3 years. Usually if you came to the UK on a fiance visa, then obtained the further leave to remain visa (FLR) followed by indefinite leave to remain you would be eligible to apply for British citizenship after this 3 year period has been completed. Although there are many visa applications in this route it is the fastest way of becoming naturalised as a British Citizen within the UK visa system.
Other Routes to British Citizenship
There are other ways of obtaining British citizenship. Children born to British parents overseas can apply and it is advisable that they apply and obtain their citizenship when possible. Also EEA citizens and their non-EEA family members are able to apply for British Citizenship. The route to citizenship is different for EEA migrants and their family so check the requirements first before applying. WM Immigration will be able to assist with your complete application process.
To find out if you are eligible or need advice, contact our office and an adviser will assist with your British Citizenship query.