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There are several legal routes to obtaining British citizenship. This page is intended only as an overview. Due to the complexities and importance of getting it right, it is recommended you obtain specific legal advice. We would be happy to help.

One of the most common types of Naturalisation Application is where the person has already spent a lengthy period of time in the UK under the Point Based Visa System.

Basic requirements for any Naturalisation application include being over 18 years old and of sound mind and good character.

All applicants for settlement or naturalisation will need to meet the knowledge of language and life requirement and English language requirement by:

  • passing the Life in the UK test; and
  • having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.

Children under 18

Children born to settled or British parents are automatically British by birth. However if they are not born British, in some circumstances, children born in the United Kingdom can submit a Registration application to become a British Citizen.

Register as a British Citizen

British nationals

You may be able to register as a British citizen if you’re a British national and can prove that you don’t have any other citizenship or nationality.

In order to be eligible to register as a British Citizen you have to be one of the following:

  • British overseas citizen
  • British protected person

British subject

British national (overseas)

Born before 1 July 2006 to a British father

If you were born before the 1st July 2006 to a British father who was not married to your mother you can register as a British citizen if you:

  • were born before 1 July 2006
  • would have become a British citizen automatically if your parents had been married

are of ‘good character’

Born in UK after 1983

If you were born in the United Kingdom after 1983 and your parents subsequently became a British citizen or settled since your birth you can register to become a British citizen if you fulfil all of the following requirements:

  • you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983
  • you’re under 18 when you apply
  • one of your parents has become a British citizen or settled in the UK since you were born

You lived in the UK until you were 10

If you were born in the United Kingdom on or after the 1st January 1983 and neither of your parents were British or settled at the time you can register to become a British citizen.

However in order to do so you must:

  • be 10 years old, or older
  • and have lived in the UK until you were 10, or older
  • You must also normally have spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in each of the first 10 years of your life.

Children born outside UK

If your child was born out of the United Kingdom and you are a British Citizen you may be able to apply for your child to be registered as a British Citizen.

We understand the importance of applying for Citizenship in the United Kingdom. We also are aware of the cost to you both financially and emotionally. With there being no right of appeal we take the process very seriously and ensure you get it right the first time.