Settling in the UK / British Citizenship
Settling in the UK
- Provided you have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence known as “indefinite leave to remain”.
- All applicants for settlement (with few exceptions) must demonstrate that they have sufficient Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK.
- If your application for settlement is successful, you can stay in the UK without any time limit. You do not have to become a British citizen. However, many people who have received permanent residence in the UK wish to apply for British citizenship.
- Currently, there are three main ways to become a British national. The first is to be born one, the second is to be registered as one and the third is to be naturalised as one.
- Naturalisation is the most popular route for adults who were not born British to become British national. People who obtained permanent residence in the UK (Indefinite Leave to Remain) can apply for naturalisation. To make successful application, the applicant must fulfil residence requirements, demonstrate sufficient Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK and have a good character.
- Registration is the only way in which children can become British and is also used for adults in special circumstances when applying for British nationality. It is crucial for children (over 10) to be of good character, however there is no requirement to demonstrate Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK
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