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Becoming a British citizen
British citizenship is not a right. You will need to build a strong case to show that you and/or your family should be naturalised or registered as British citizens. Except in very rare cases, you will need to establish that you have already held some form of permanent leave in the UK for a particular length of time. This could be by indefinite leave to remain, permanent residence or settled status. You will also have to satisfy strict residence and character requirements.
Advice on British citizenship
Becoming a British citizen will provide you with the most secure way to remain in the UK permanently. This will free you from the residual restrictions that settled status and indefinite leave to remain both carry with them. However, the Home Office sometimes refuses such applications, resulting in frustration, disappointment, wasted costs and delay.
The Home Office provides Guidance on the relevant requirements on British citizenship. However, please do not assume that the words used in this Guidance or the Immigration Rules are always interpreted in the way you would interpret them. Some apparently ordinary words may have a different or specific meaning when applied by the Home Office or once clarified by the Tribunals and courts.
Expert immigration advice
Unfortunately, if you make a serious mistake in your application (however innocent or unintentional) not only that your application may be refused but you may also be stripped of your indefinite leave to remain/permanent residence/settled status and banned from the UK for up to 10 years. Due to the potential exchange of information between different countries, an application refused by the UK Home Office may also affect your chances of getting a visa for other countries. It is, therefore, always much better to properly prepare and invest in the initial application. This should secure a positive and desired outcome first time and avoid significant negative consequences (including extra costs, delays, stress and bans) for failing to do so.
Investing in specialist knowledge will enable you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed. It could also prevent you from making costly mistakes or missing opportunities. If you need advice on becoming a British citizen, contact our expert team of immigration solicitors today.
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