British Nationality Laws, British Citizenship and Naturalization British Citizenship Services in the UK

Nationality Applications

The British Nationality Law is very complex and each case is required to be assessed on its circumstances on an individual basis. We have however below provided brief and basic information of how one is able to become a British Citizen

British Nationality by Naturalization
Naturalisation is the most common way for adults who were not born British to become British Citizens. People who have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) can, subject to fulfilling residence requirements, apply to naturalise as British Citizens.

  • The candidate must have been in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the five year period; and
  • In the five year period the candidate must not have been outside the United Kingdom for more than 450 days; and
  • In the last 12 months of the five year period the candidate must not have been outside the UK for more than 90 days; and
  • In the last 12 months of the five year period the candidate's stay in the United Kingdom must have been not subject to any time limit under the immigration laws; and
  • The candidate must not have been in the United Kingdom in breach of the immigration laws at any time in the five-year period.
  • The candidate must not have been in the United Kingdom in breach of the immigration laws at any time in the five-year period.

British Nationality can also be aquired by way of registration.

Regulated by the OISC