British Citizenship2018-11-17T23:03:16+00:00

British Citizenship

There are different routes to gain British citizenship including:

  • Acquisition
  • Registration
  • Naturalisation
  • Adoption
  • Descent

British Citizenship by Naturalisation

The most common route is called ‘naturalisation’.  You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if:

  • you’re 18 or over
  • you’re of good character, for example, you don’t have a serious or recent criminal record, and you haven’t tried to deceive the Home Office or been involved in immigration offences in the last 10 years
  • you’ll continue to live in the UK
  • you’ve met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements
  • you meet the residency requirement
  • And you must usually have:
    • lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application
    • spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
    • spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
    • had settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) in the UK for the last 12 months if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
    • had Permanent Residence status for the last 12 months if you’re a citizen of an EEA country – you need to provide a permanent residence document
    • not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

British Citizenship by Registration

You may be eligible for British citizenship by registration if you:

  • have another form of British nationality
  • were born before 1 January 1983 to a British mother
  • were born to a British father, even if he was not married to your mother
  • were born in the UK on or after 1 January 198
  • are under 18 and don’t fit into the other categories
  • have a connection with Gibraltar or Hong Kon
  • are stateless

British nationality laws are very complicated as they involve historical changes.  We always recommend that clients discuss their circumstances with one of our immigration lawyers before moving forward with their application. We deal with British Citizenship applications every day. The Home Office views British citizenship as a privilege rather than an entitlement.

Examples of our successful clients’ cases:

– An entire European family of four was granted British citizenship even though the father (the Sponsor) did not apply at the same time, in addition to gaps in employment and residence.

– A businessman client initially could not meet the residence requirement as he had exceeded the absence limit due to substantial work trips abroad. We argued successfully to discount his business travel and citizenship was granted promptly.

– A client separated from her British husband who had been the supporting Sponsor in her previous Indefinite Leave to Remain application and previous Spouse Visa applications. We had successfully demonstrated that she relied upon her own right to reside in the UK and citizenship was granted.

Link to the Home Office website

Whilst the Home Office published processing time can take up to 6 months, we find that a well-presented case enables the Home Office to make a decision much quicker.  We look forward to securing your rights to stay in the UK amidst the Brexit uncertainties. Speak to us about our ‘Friends and Family Package’ for a special discount when applying as a couple or group.

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Allyson Kolan
Allyson Kolan
12:15 19 Mar 18
My husband and I could never have navigated the spouse visa process without Qiyin. She is incredibly knowledgeable and really cares about her clients. I will absolutely be working with Qiyin in the future and recommend her highly. A massive thanks to her for making everything work out!
islam gias uddin
islam gias uddin
15:15 11 Mar 18
This is the best company in London. I really recommend EU citizens who wants to bring their family. Thanks Qiyin and Lesley.
Malgorzata Leskiewicz
Malgorzata Leskiewicz
13:35 06 Mar 18
What a amazing team to work with, very professional and caring. They are very well organised and communicative.I will recommend to everyone.
Nick Pantelireis
Nick Pantelireis
15:35 24 Jan 18
Very professional service providing information on documents I needed beforehand and answering questions via email. Then in person went through documents establishing gaps in the application and what further documents I should look to get hold of. Very comprehensive and very thorough. I believe the quality of the application and the speed with which QC put it together led to a decision from the home office within a month after submitting. Highly recommended!
fabrizio giani
fabrizio giani
09:35 18 Feb 17
I have been assisted by QC Immigration for my EEA Permanent Residence application. My case was not a standard one, with many interruptions in the presence in the UK due to my job. I have been guided through the difficult interpretation of the law to prepare and submit a robust application that was approved even more swiftly than the average normal times. I would highly recommend the services of QC Immigration.
Mazi Bahadori
Mazi Bahadori
18:21 13 Feb 17
Qiyin assisted my wife and I with a difficult visa transfer in an efficient, quick and cost-effective manner. She clearly outlined the process from the beginning, kept us fully informed through each step, and delivered our desired outcome at an incredibly reasonable cost. We would recommend her to anyone without hesitation.
Maheen Sadiq
Maheen Sadiq
14:44 13 Feb 17
Qiyin was absolutely wonderful throughout the process of my spouse visa application. Her guidance and advice made the process very easy, and she worked very closely with me and my husband, addressing all our questions and concerns. Thanks to QC Immigration, we had no issues once our application was filed, and my visa was granted within 3 weeks!
Jessica Spitzer
Jessica Spitzer
13:59 12 Feb 17
Whilst a lot of my colleagues/friends’ EEA Permanent Residency applications were unsuccessful, my application was approved faster than the anticipated time (less than 6 months). This wouldn’t have been possible without QC Immigration’s team strong legal expertise, ability to predict potential complications and thoroughness. Their approach was very personable whilst always remaining professional. Thank you again for making this so easy within stressful times.
Amin Khosravi
Amin Khosravi
07:56 08 Feb 17
Excellent service. QC responded promptly, provided me with thorough, precise and easy to follow advice. Exactly what I needed when I was stressing about my daughter's citizenship status. Thank you so much.
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