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What is British Citizenship?

British Nationality Act 1981 came into effect on 1st January 1983. The Act defines how UK citizenship can be acquired and how an individual becomes a British citizen. It also defines how they give up their own citizenship of the country they belong to. A citizen or a national of another country can apply for a visa for entry in the UK in several ways. If the candidate was issued a British passport on or after 1st January 1983, they are considered to be a British citizen.


British Citizenship Requirements

In order to qualify to acquire British citizenship, one must fulfil the following requirements:

  • You should be 18 years or over

  • You should satisfy of good character, eg you have no serious or recent criminal record, and you haven’t tried to deceive the Home Office or been involved in immigration offences in the last 10 years

  • You intend to continue to live in the UK

  • You must meet the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements

  • You have met the residency requirement

If the applicant is married to a British citizen, they should have:

  • Lived in the UK for 3 years and on the date of application should have in possession of ILR for at least 11 months.

  • Not been absent from the UK in excess of 270 days during the past 3 year period in all.

  • Not been absent from the UK in excess of 90 days before the application during the last 12 month period.

And you must usually:

  • Must have lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application

  • Have not spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years

  • Have not spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months


Children Applying for British Citizenship

A child born in the UK to parents on ILR or British Citizen can apply for registration as a British Citizen. Children born in the UK and have lived in the UK for 10 years can apply for registration as British Citizen. This period for registration has been reduced to 7 years in some cases.


Life in the UK Test

The Life in the UK Test is a computer-based test looking at the requirements for anyone seeking naturalisation as a British citizen or Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. The test consists 24 questions you are given 45 minutes. The required pass rate is 75% to become a British citizen.


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