You might be able to apply to:
You might already be a British citizen based on where and when you were born, or your parents’ circumstances. Our Immigration team have a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist those who are unsure if they qualify as a British Citizen.
Please note – You don’t automatically get British citizenship if you were born in the UK.
If you were born in the UK or a British colony before 1 January 1983
You became a British citizen on 1 January 1983 if both of the following apply:
It also includes people who:
‘Right of abode’ means you:
If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, you’ll be a British citizen if your mother or father was either:
‘Settled’ means you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions. This includes people who have one of the following:
In most cases you’ll be a British citizen if your mother or father was born in the UK or naturalised there at the time of your birth.
If you are unsure of your status or your circumstances are complicated, please contact our Immigration team whose knowledge and experience will guide you further.
British citizenship by ‘Registration’
In certain circumstances, you may be able to apply to become a British citizen by ‘Registration’. This process is often easier than naturalisation but you must fit the eligibility criteria to do so.
You may be eligible if:
The most common way of becoming a British citizen is by ‘naturalisation’.
You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if:
And you must usually have:
The above requirements remain the same, other than time lived in the UK whereby you will need to have lived for a minimum of 3 years and during that time not spent any more than 270 days outside of the country in order to apply for citizenship.
For further expert and professional advice and assistance in relation to your citizenship application, including with regards to fees and charges, application methods and processing times and the necessary requirements and eligibility criteria please do not hesitate to contact our immigration team who are ready and able to help you.
Please be advised that Immigration Rules are always changing. Contact us for the latest help, advice and information with regards to your query.