Naturalisation / British Citizenship
After obtaining the Indefinite Leave to Remain, you are able to have yourself naturalised as a British citizen subject to meeting the requirements. In most cases, applicants are able to apply for British Citizenship after a year of acquiring the Indefinite Leave to Remain under Work Permit or Highly Skilled Migrant Programme.
Claims of British citizenship can be made by direct descent from a UK born parent, by birth in the UK to parents if at least one of them holds a permanent residency at the birth of the child.
To demonstrate that you have met the residential requirements for naturalisation, you need to:
- have been a resident in the United Kingdom for at least 5 years (also known as ‘residential qualifying period’); and
- have been present in the United Kingdom for 5 years before the date of your application; and
- have not spent more than 450 days outside the United Kingdom during the 5-year period; and
- have not spent more than 90 days outside the United Kingdom in the last 12 months of the 5-year period; and
- have not been in breach of any immigration rules at any stage .
An application for British passport can be done upon successful application for British nationality and after receiving the British Citizenship Certificate. All adult aged 16 and over who are applying for a passport for the first time are required to attend an interview with the Identity and Passport Service in person to confirm their identity.