Applying for UK citizenship is a difficult and confusing process and many people do not know where to begin. If you want help becoming a British citizen, our solicitors in Lancashire are well placed to help you. Our legal experts include specialists in all areas of UK immigration law and we stay up-to-date with the latest developments in this ever-changing area.
If you make an application for British citizenship and are unsuccessful, you will be unable to appeal the decision and will be lose money through non-refundable application fees. This is why it is so important for people to receive expert legal assistance to ensure their request for citizenship is as strong as possible.
Typically, people become a British citizen in one of three ways:
- Through law, usually as a birthright
- By become naturalised
- Being registered as a British citizen
Commonly, naturalisation is provided to people who have been given Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, although there are a number of requirements. Successful applicants should have adequate skills in the English language and of British life, should have lived in the UK for five years (or three if married to a British citizen), and should be deemed to be of good character. Adults who wish to apply for citizenship typically use this method.
Adults can also apply for citizenship through registration, although this is typically used for children. People with a British mother and people without a nationality, as well as British protected persons, subjects, nationals overseas and overseas citizens, may be entitled to apply for registration.
If you need help negotiating the complications of UK immigration law, speak to our immigration solicitors by calling 08000 430 430.