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Solicitors For British Citizenship Applications
Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Once you become a British citizen, it will give you the right to live and work in the UK permanently, without any immigration restrictions. It will also allow you to apply for a British passport.
British citizenship is the last step towards permanent settlement in the UK. You can apply for British citizenship either by Naturalisation or Registration to become a British citizen if you meet all the eligibility requirements. Once your British citizenship application is successful then you can apply for a UK passport.
If you are looking for a British citizenship solicitor for legal assistance with your Naturalisation or British citizenship application then look no further.
No matter where you live, our UK nationality & British citizenship solicitors in Manchester provide British citizenship related services across the UK. Speak to our UK nationality and British citizenship solicitors to apply for British citizenship and find out whether you meet the eligibility requirements.
If you were born in the UK
You do not automatically become a British citizen if you were born in the UK. It depends on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances.
You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if you were born in the UK and are not automatically a British citizen.
British citizenship applications
There are different ways to apply for British citizenship based on your circumstances. Therefore, United Solicitors have a specialist team of citizenship solicitors and can provide the required legal assistance for your citizenship applications.
Below is a list of a few common routes to British citizenship:
Many other ways to become a British citizen such as registering a person born to a British mother before 1983, registering BNO as a British citizen and so on. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
Certain requirements must be fulfilled for someone to become eligible to apply for British citizenship.
The most fundamental requirements are:
- Residency Requirement
- Good Character Requirements
- English Language Requirement
- Life in the UK Test
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
You should have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application. Foreign spouses of citizens may be able to apply after three years of lawful residence in the country.
You should also not have:
- spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years (or 270 days, if you are following the UK
- citizenship by marriage route)
- spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
- broken any UK immigration laws (for example living illegally in the UK)
Good character requirement
An applicant for naturalisation as a British citizen must satisfy the good character requirement to succeed in his application. The British Nationality Act 1981 does not define good character. However, the Home Office UKVI guidance sets out the types of conduct that must be considered when assessing whether a person has satisfied the requirement to be of good character.
Consideration should be given by the Home Office caseworker to all aspects of a person’s character, including both negative factors, for example, criminality, immigration law breaches and deception, and positive factors, for example, contributions a person has made to society.
English language requirement
If you are applying for British citizenship and you’re 18 or over then you might need to prove your knowledge of the English language.
You can prove your knowledge of the English language by having either an English qualification at the B1 level or a degree taught in English.
You do not need to prove your knowledge of English if you are aged 65 or over or unable to, because of a long-term physical or mental condition.
Life in the UK Test requirement
The Life in the UK test is a compulsory requirement for British citizenship applications. The main object of the Life in the UK test is to prove that the applicant has adequate knowledge of British life such as British values, history, traditions, and everyday life.
What documents are required?
The main required information and documents for British citizenship are as follows:
- Proof of your identity such as current valid passport, Home Office travel document, birth certificate or driving licence etc.
- Biometric Residence Permit (BRP Card) (if have been issued to you).
- Proof you have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or settled status.
- Documents about absences from the UK.
- Proof of knowledge of English.
Information related to the Life in the UK test.
You must also submit all the other supporting documents depending upon your circumstances.
Can I apply for British citizenship after ILR?
Yes, you can apply for British citizenship if you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years and have had one of the following for 12 months:
- indefinite leave to remain in the UK
- ‘settled status’ (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme’)
- indefinite leave to enter the UK (permission to move to the UK permanently from abroad)
You do not need to wait 12 months to apply if you’re married to a British citizen.
British citizenship solicitor fees
Our British citizenship and nationality solicitors charge a fixed fee between £700-£1200 (Excl. VAT at 20%) for our professional legal services. The agreed fixed-fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
Who will be dealing with your Immigration work
Our Immigration team of solicitors have more than 15 years’ experience in dealing with immigration matters. The team is headed up by Mr Muhammad Shahid who is Managing Director and Supervisor and his team consists of Mr M Usman Rasheed (Solicitor) and Mr M M Ilyas (Solicitor).