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British Citizenship

British Citizenship is one of six different types of British Nationality. These are, British Citizenship, British Overseas Citizenship, British Overseas Territory Citizenship, British National (overseas), British Protected Person, and British Subject. Commonly Visa Direct deals with clients who have completed all requirements and are now seeking to apply for ‘naturalisation’ as a British Citizen.

The usual requirements for being naturalised as a British Citizen are:

  • Aged 18 or over.
  • You are of sound mind.
  • You intend to continue to live in the United Kingdom.
  • You can communicate in English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic to an acceptable degree.
  • You have sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom.
  • You are of good character.
  • You meet the residential requirements.
  • Attend a Citizenship ceremony.
Residential Requirements

You have been in the UK for either three years (spouse) or six years (Tier 1, Work Permit etc) prior to the date of your application – This period of three to six years is also known as the residential qualifying period, and consists of a set period of limited leave (two to five years), followed by one year of Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. You have not spent more than 90 days outside the United Kingdom during each year of the qualifying period. You have not been in breach of the Immigration rules at any stage during the five-year period.

Attending the ceremony (what you can expect)
  • When you arrive at the ceremony, the local authority staff will check your identity and confirm that the personal details entered on your certificate are correct.
  • During the ceremony, speeches will be made. These may include welcoming the new citizens on behalf of the local area and encouraging them to play an active role within their communities.
  • You will be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.
  • All new citizens are invited to stand while the national anthem is played.
  • Some local authorities arrange for photographs or videos of the event to be available for you to buy
Visa Direct can make the process of applying for naturalisation stress free and efficient. From making the initial application, to organising the appointment for the citizenship ceremony, Visa Direct will take full responsibility of the process ensuring minimal interruption to our client’s schedule.

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