If you’ve already been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you could apply to become a fully fledged British citizen through the process of ‘Naturalisation’ to acquire a British passport at the end of the process.
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UK Naturalisation in more detail
Naturalisation is the final step on a long road. We recognise just how important it is to you to get it right. We’ll carefully assess your individual case, then manage your application to give you the best possible chance of achieving citizenship status.
You need to meet specified criteria and demonstrate your ongoing commitment to the UK. Naturalisation applications are not automatically granted.
Each application is considered on the basis of evidence provided to show that you.
- Have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain or Permanent Residence
- Are 18 years old or above
- Are of sound mind and good character
- Intend to continue living in UK
- Understand English and life in the UK
Good character requirement
Good character can be demonstrated in a number of ways. Although there is no definitive list, relevant factors would include your financial solvency, behaviour and conduct. Any previous criminal, civil or immigration offences will also be considered, whether spent or pending. This element of your naturalisation application requires careful consideration, and we can work with you to build your case whatever your circumstances.
You must normally show that you have lived in the UK for the past five years (3 years if applying as the spouse of a British citizen), and that you have spent less than 450 days outside the UK in that period (270 days for spouse applications).
In both cases, your total absences in the 12-month period before your application should not exceed 90 days. Longer absences can affect your application, although discretion may be applied in some cases.
Your UK naturalisation application will be cross-referenced with other government departments and agencies. Once approved, you will be invited to a ceremony at which you will be presented with your Citizenship certificate. You can then use this certificate to apply for a British passport.