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Citizenship allows individuals and their family’s to gain the travel, working and living rights of a prospective country by a form of economic investment

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There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common 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 theEuropean 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.

There are different requirements if your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen.

You can’t include any time spent in the UK when you’re exempt from immigration control (for example, as a diplomat or member of visiting armed forces) as part of the 5 years.

You may be able to apply to become a British citizen by ‘registration’ in certain circumstances.

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

 

Applying for Children under 18

You can apply on behalf of a child under 18 if they meet the eligibility criteria. They don’t have to pass the Life in the UK Test.

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