Is it easy to get citizenship in the UK?
The growing infrastructure and economic stability of the United Kingdom has attracted many foreign nationals to come to the UK and gain settlement.
The British government is quite strict and demands the aptitude of your documentation when you apply for UK citizenship.
Let us look at how you could get a UK citizenship.
Ways to get a British passport
As a foreign national if you have lived in the UK for 5 or more years, on a Indefinite Leave to Remain or gained Permanent resident status then your best way forward to gain a UK citizenship is through the process of Naturalisation UK.
Other ways to consider for you application could be
- Seeking UK citizenship by birth
If your date of birth is 01.01.1983 or after, then either of your parents at the time of your birth must be a UK resident or citizen.
If you are born before the aforementioned date of 01.01.1983 then you gain UK citizenship by birth and can apply for a British passport.
- Seeking Citizenship through descent
Citizenship by descent means that you have either been born outside the UK to your parents who are British citizens or you have registered yourself as a UK citizen.
It is not an automated process to become a citizen by descent. One needs to register beforehand.
- UK citizenship as a Refugee
If you are a Refugee or a stateless person, you must apply through the process of Naturalisation UK to gain British citizenship. Additionally you must meet all eligibility criteria, be of a good character, no criminal offense in your name.
- UK citizenship by Tier 1 Investor visa
Investment has unlocked new opportunities for you to become a UK citizen. You must have access to a minimum of £2,000,000 to invest in the UK economy throughout your Permanent residency period. PR can be secured by investing in an actively trading UK firm with genuine establishment. Additionally, you must also have cleared the Life in the UK test, hold English language proficiency.
- UK citizenship through Dual nationality
Another way to enter the UK and secure UK citizenship is through the Dual citizenship process. You will not be required to give up your first citizenship and gain access to the UK citizenship.
However, it doesn’t sound so simple, your home country must allow you to get dual citizenship with the UK and you fulfill all the requirements for Naturalisation UK.
Basic requirements to be counted
You must bear a good character and be of sound mind. You must have successfully completed Life in the UK test, you hold a current English Language proficiency certificate. Your age should be minimum 18 years or above that. You also hold a valid indefinite Leave to remain status in the UK. You abide by the 90 days rule which means you have not stayed away from the UK borders for more than 90 days in the last 12 months of the active ILR period.
How can you make a successful application?
Once you have fulfilled all the requirements and have all supporting documents, you can begin your application by visiting the government website and completing the process.
You must additionally complete the payment of £1,330 and £19.20 for the Biometrics enrolment process.
The form chosen must be MN1 for children and AN for adults.
You must also seek support from expert immigration lawyers who could guide you through the process.
A Y & J Solicitors have a proven track record of getting successful visa applications for their clients.
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