Pahl & Associates can assist you with your application for British Citizenship
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. With British citizenship, you will be free from all immigration control and be ale to travel to many countries in the world without a visa such as Europe, USA and Canada. You can also pass citizenship to your children.
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.
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. There are other requirements to be met such as Life in the UK test and residency. If you have travelled out of the UK for too long or had a criminal conviction then you may find you are not able to apply at this time. It is best to seek immigration advice before making an application to ensure you qualify.
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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.
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. Pahl & Associates will be able to assist with your complete application process.
British citizenship applications can take between 2-6 months. You can’t apply for them via the Premium Same Day Service such as for visa and ILR applications. The application must be mailed. In our experience, the vast majority of applicants have their application approved within 3-4 months. Only complex cases or applications made during peak times are likely to take up to the 6 month processing time
We don’t often get refusals as we will not submit an application we deem to not qualify for British Citizenship. Reasons that could result in a refusal of your naturalisation application are:
refusal on good character grounds related to having a criminal conviction or issues relating to immigration history,
failure to submit the required documents, fee or form
spending too many days out of the UK before you apply
not meeting the general requirements
As a migrant you will be experienced and understand that for each of your visa and ILR applications you could usually apply up to 28 days in advance. For British Citizenship you must wait until you have completed 12 full months with your Indefinite Leave to Remain before submitting the application. If you submit before this you can expect a refusal as you will not meet the requirements.
Once you have sat the Life in the UK test for ILR, then you will not have to take this test again. It is important you include the original test pass certificate with your application. If you lose the certificate for your Life in the UK test you will be required to sit the test again and submit the new certificate.
There are a number of steps involved in applying for British Citizenship and each person has their own individual history the details of which may have a direct impact on your application.
Since the introduction of the good character guidance in December 2014, many individuals have been refused naturalisation on the basis of their previous immigration history and lost their substantial application fees.
We will review your immigration history and give you realistic advice as to the prospects of submitting a successful application.