British nationality law is a specialist area of law with which Danielle and her team of UK Immigration Law Solicitors are familiar and experienced.
Whether you are seeking to register your child as a British Citizen or looking to apply for naturalisation now that you have been living in the UK for some time, Danielle’s team will be very happy to assist.
Call us to book an appointment on 020 7267 4133. Danielle will only charge you for the first consultation if you decide to become her client and if she can assist you.
Application for Naturalisation
We frequently assist individuals and families who have been living legally in the UK for a period exceeding 5 years (or 3 years if you are the spouse of a British National) with their applications for naturalisation – i.e. applications for a British Passport.
There is no obligation for any UK resident to apply for a British passport, but many people wish to, as they have made Britain their home and wish for their nationality to reflect that.
It is important to emphasise that unlike in other areas of immigration law, British Nationality is not a ‘right’ nor an ‘entitlement’ but a matter of law which can be granted or refused at the Home Secretary’s discretion. The application form asks you to satisfy certain criteria, however it is for the Home Secretary to decide whether certain criteria can be bypassed in certain situations.
In order to apply for a British passport you must be able to prove that you are free of immigration time restrictions. This means that you must have either Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK (non EEA nationals) or Permanent Residence (EEA Nationals). If you are not the spouse of a British citizen, you must also prove that you have been free of those restrictions for the past 12 months – so if you were granted ILR, you must have been granted it at least 12 months ago, and if you are an EEA National, you must have completed your continuous period of 5 years at least 12 months ago.
The application also requires you to meet certain residency and absences requirements. The other criteria to be satisfied are namely that you are over the age of 18; that you are of sound mind; that you intend to continue to live in the UK; that you can prove you can communicate in English to an acceptable degree, that you have passed a test called ‘The Life in the UK’ test, and that you are of good character.
As suggested above, the Home Secretary is able to use his/her discretion whether an applicant is to be granted British Nationality whether or not he fully meets the specified criteria. Danielle and her team will assist you to calculate your number of absences, mitigate against any excessive absences where relevant, collate the necessary documentation and put together a comprehensive application for naturalisation.
Registration as a British Citizen
Our team of immigration solicitors are also very happy to assist with any applications to register yourself or your child as a British Citizen. The law in this area is complex and if you would like to find out more regarding registering yourself or your child as a British Citizen, please get in touch on 020 7267 4133.