Naturalisation is the process that essentially means becoming a British Citizen. Foreign citizens who reside in the UK can apply to become British Citizens as their final immigration step. Becoming a British Citizen is a personal choice which will free you from any immigration restrictions on working, studying or travelling in and out of the UK.
The naturalisation application can be a lengthy process and there are certain requirements that must be met, in particular the absences requirement. Also, the requirements for naturalisation are different for an applicant who is married to, or in a civil partnership with a British citizen.
While the UK allows dual or multiple citizenship, some other countries do not. Therefore, before making an application to naturalise as a British citizen, individuals are strongly encouraged to verify whether the acquisition of British citizenship may result tin them or their dependants losing another citizenship they hold.
Acquisition of British citizenship may also affect an individual’s tax status – we would therefore recommend that tax advice be sought prior to the filing of any application.
An important aspect which many do not realise is that there is scope for the Home Office to exercise discretion in cases where applicants have absences exceeding the number of days as referred to in the rules. At Edwin Coe we are also receiving more applications from persons who feel that they do not qualify for British citizenship as they do not meet the good character requirement.
We had a client approach us as he was of the opinion that he did not qualify for British citizenship. The applicant had absences totalling 640 days in the 5 year period and also had an offence and a penalty as a result of which he believed that he would not qualify for British citizenship. We had filed a successful application as we were able to demonstrate that the absences, which were as a result of factors which meant that he could not return to the UK earlier, that he had lived in the UK for 8.5 years and that the offence and the penalty, did not preclude him from making the application.
We provide services for individuals:
We provide services for businesses:
- Immigration: Overview
- Bespoke audit services in preparation for UKVI Compliance visit
- Business Visit Visas
- Global Business Mobility visa
- Innovator Visas
- Investor Visas
- Representation against downgrading/suspension/revocation of a Sponsor Licence
- Representation at UKVI Compliance visits
- Skilled Worker Visas
- Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa
- Sponsor Licensing for Employers
- Start-up Visas
- Temporary Worker Visas (Creative)