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British Citizenship

Being part of our community

Becoming a British Citizen is a significant life event, whether you are a child or an adult. But it is expensive and potentially complex. There are several routes to British Citizenship and we can help with all of them.

Sometimes our clients are not sure whether they are already British Citizens. We help them establish the facts.

You may automatically be a British Citizen if you were born in the UK or abroad to a British parent who is able to pass on their citizenship to you. Not all British Citizens can pass on their citizenship to their children. A British parent born outside the UK is not able to pass on British citizenship to their child.  

You may already be a British Citizen if you were born in the UK to a parent who has Indefinite Leave to Remain - they are 'settled' in the UK. Or if you were born here and spent the first ten years of your life in the UK.

You can apply to 'naturalise' as a British Citizen if you have held Indefinite Leave to Remain (including EU Settled Status) for at least twelve months, you have lived continuously (without long absences) in the UK for the past five years,  you have not been in breach of immigration laws in the last ten years and you are of good character. You will have to pass the 'Life in the UK Test' and meet English Language requirements.

If you are married to a British Citizen, you can apply as soon as you are granted Indefinite Leave to Remain and only have to show three years continuous residence in the UK.

Working with us

We will talk to you, look at any papers you have and identify whether you are entitled to or eligible to apply for British Citizenship.

We will identify the correct application to make, prepare it and ensure all the supporting evidence is complete and correct. Your lawyer will explain your situation to the Home Office and make sure that the decision maker fully understands your circumstances. This is vital because a lack of evidence or explanation can lead to refusals and there is no refund of the substantial Home Office application fee. If we do not believe you are eligible for British Citizenship, we will advise you not to make an application which will fail.

"I was told that they would do everything in their power to help me and they did indeed. The team went an extra mile and fought my case much more and much better than I would have expected."

Alberto Gonzalez

If you have made an application for British Citizenship yourself and it has been refused, it is worth coming to see us. We will be able to advise on whether you can apply for a review or reconsideration of the decision.  

We work on a fixed fee basis so there is a set price for our service.    

How does the British Citizenship process work?

  • Call us today
  • Come and visit
  • We offer an initial free 20 minute advice session to discuss your situation and your options

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I become a British Citizen if I have a criminal conviction?

It depends on when you were convicted, whether you were imprisoned and the length of sentence. If you have committed a series of offences which did not involve imprisonment, this may still affect your chances of citizenship if you are considered a 'persistent offender'.

How long will it take to get a decision on my application for British Citizenship?

It will take up to six months to get a decision. Sometimes the wait is much shorter but it is impossible to predict.

Will you check an application that has been prepared by an individual themselves?

No. We do not check prepared applications. We do full service applications only.  

I was born in the UK - I thought I was automatically British?

Since 1983, just being born in the UK is not enough to automatically make you British.

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  • "The team went an extra mile and fought my case much more and much better than I would have expected. In the end, my case was successful and I cannot thank them enough for all they have done. If I ever need legal help in the future I will definitely use their services again and recommend them for their reasonable prices, supportive advice and first rate legal services."
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