If you’re married to, or the civil partner of, a British citizen, you can apply for naturalisation as British Citizen under section 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 if:

Unless your spouse or civil partner works abroad either for the UK government or for an organisation closely linked to government, you must usually also have:

  • lived in the UK for at least the 3 years before your application is received
  • spent no more than 270 days outside the UK in those 3 years
  • spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

Naturalisation is at the discretion of the Home Secretary. Under s.6 of the British Nationality Act 1981, s/he may, if s/he thinks fit, grant a certificate of naturalisation to a person of full age and capacity if s/he is satisfied that person meets the requirements set out in Schedule 1 to the Act.

The naturalisation application Form (AN) requires an applicant to be supported by two referees. One referee must be a person of professional standing and the other must be the holder of a British citizen passport and either a professional person or over the age of 25.

when applying under section 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981, the applicant is not required to wait 12 months after the grant of ILR before applying for British Citizenship. An application for British Citizenship can be made soon after the grant of ILR if your spouse is British Citizen.

An application for Naturalisation as British Citizen is made to the Home Office, UKVI using application form AN. After you have submitted your application, the Home Office will usually acknowledge the receipt of your application by sending an acknowledgement letter within 4 weeks of the receiving your application. You will then receive a biometric enrolment letter from the Home Office for you to attend a designated post office to enrol your biometrics as part of the application process. If your application is successful, you will receive a letter confirming that your application was successful and the Home Office will also return the original documents which were submitted in support of the application. Shortly after the receipt of the aforementioned letter and the return of documents, the applicant will receive a letter from the Home Office requiring the applicant to book an appointment with the relevant council to attend citizenship ceremony. In the ceremony, you will be required to have an oath of allegiance and then issued with certificate of Naturalisation as a British Citizen. You can use your certificate of Naturalisation as British Citizen to apply for your first British passport.

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For Naturalisation As A British Citizen?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for naturalisation as British Citizen. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen, the casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your application for naturalisation as British Citizen;
  • Discussing your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your British Citizenship application;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • Considering the contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your British Citizenship application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing form AN to apply for naturalisation as a British Citizen and discussing the same with you;
  • Advising you about two referees who have to complete and sign your application form as referees to meet the good character requirement;
  • Certifying all your original documents as true copy of the original including your passport(s) and your Biometric Residence Permit with ILR so that you can continue to travel while the application for British Citizenship is pending with the Home Office;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your British Citizenship application and responding to any further information and/or documents required by the Home Office in support of your application;
  • Protecting your interests while your British Citizenship application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress of your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your naturalisation application by the Home Office, UKVI;

Our Fee For An Application For Naturalisation As A British Citizen

  • We will charge you a fee from £700.00 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen [AN Application]. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your naturalisation application and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.

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