The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to applications for citizenship by naturalisation if you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post.
Here’s what you need to know.
(Updated as of 6 April 2021)
What is naturalisation as a British citizen?
Naturalisation refers to the legal method an individual uses to change their nationality.
How do I apply for naturalisation as a British citizen?
Before you make an application, you must:
- Be over 18 years old
- Currently live in the UK
- Be of “good character”
- Pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test
- Meet the English language requirements
- Have UK permanent residence / granted indefinite leave to remain
- Lived in the UK for at least 5 years without an absence longer than 450 days
- Travelled outside the UK for no more than 90 days in the past year
Please ensure that you understand and meet the criteria before making an application as full fees cannot be returned for applications that failed.
Who can apply for naturalisation as a British citizen using form AN?
Form AN is to be used by those who:
- live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory
- live elsewhere and want to apply by post
Please note that a separate application form must be used for each individual application.
Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.
For more information provided by Bolton’s leading Immigration Solicitors on becoming a British citizen by naturalisation (form AN), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.
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