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Naturalisation Becoming British Citizen, Legal requirement guide

Updated: Jan 12, 2023

All those intending to make United Kingdom home wishes to become British Citizen so they can live without restriction which may would have been imposed under the British Nationality Act 1981. To get straight to the point, this document intending to assist to understand the process applicant wishes to apply for British Citizenship.

All the legal provisions relating with British citizenship are set out in the British Nationality Act 1981, however the Home Secretary may exercise discretion to naturalize, blow is the list of mandatory requirements to in accordance with above Act.


Step1: In some instances, you may lose your current nationality as some countries do not allow you to hold dule citizenship, check whether you could hold dule citizenship or willing to give up your existing nationality.


Step 2: Married or Not married.

As there are different avenue to qualify as British Citizen therefore requirement will depend on your circumstances such as you are married or in civil partnership, If you are married then you would make application in accordance with British Nationality Act 1981 section 6 (2). If you are not married, you would have to meet the requirement under the Section 6(1) of British Nationality Act1981.

Section 6 (1).

· Are aged 18 or over when you apply

· Are of sound mind, so that you understand the step you are taking

· Are married to or the civil partner of a British citizen on the date of application

· Are married to or the civil partner of a British citizen on the date of application

· Are married to or the civil partner of a British citizen on the date of application

· Must be free from immigration time restrictions on the date of application

· Must be free from immigration time restrictions on the date of application

· Must not have had more than 270 days outside the UK in the 3-year period before making the application (but see the section on Absences from the UK)

· Must not have had more than 270 days outside the UK in the 3-year period before making the application (but see the section on Absences from the UK)

· Must not have had more than 270 days outside the UK in the 3-year period before making the application (but see the section on Absences from the UK)

· Have passed the Life in the UK test

· Can communicate in English (or Welsh or Scottish Gaelic) to an acceptable level

· Are of good character


Section 6 (2).

· Are aged 18 or over when you apply

· Are aged 18 or over when you apply

· Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years before you apply

· Must have been physically present in the UK (including the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands) on the day 5 years before the application is received by the Home Office

· Must not have been in breach of the immigration laws in the 5-year period before making your application. We may assume you meet this requirement without making further enquiries if you have been granted indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK

· Must be free from immigration time restrictions on the date of application and for the 12-month period before making the application

· Must not have had more than 450 days outside the UK in the 5-year period before making the application (but see the section on Absences from the UK)

· Must not have had more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12-month period before making the application (but see the section on Absences from the UK)

· Intend to continue to live in the UK, or to continue in Crown service, the service of an international organization of which the UK is a member, or the service of a company or association established in the UK

· Have passed the Life in the UK test

· Have passed the Life in the UK test

· Are of good character.


For further information please visit www.kashlegalservices.co.uk or contact us info@kashlegalservices.co.uk








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