Applying to Naturalise in the UK – One of the processes of obtaining British citizenship is via naturalisation. This is when a non-citizen of the UK has permission to acquire citizenship. The most common ways of naturalisation are under the 3 year rule or the 5 year rule. The 3 year rule is on the basis of being married to a British Citizen and holding Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) before the July 2012 rule change.
Routes to Naturalising as a British Citizen
3 Year Rule
The applicant must be married to a British citizen, hold ILR and have resided in the UK for a full 3 years. The three year rule is only applicable for those who came on a settlement visa prior to the rule change in July 2012.
5 Year Rule
Is on the basis of having held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Permanent Residency (for EEA Members and their family members) for at least 1 year after previously spending a continuous period of 5 years on a visa that leads to permanent settlement, such as those on work related visas or those who have applied for a probationary settlement visa after the July 2012 rule change.
All applications must be made in the UK.
You cannot apply through the Public Enquiry Office and use the Premium Service you must apply via the postal route.
You must have been physically present in the UK at the beginning of the 3 or 5 year period.
Unless you are exempt you are required to meet the Knowledge of Life and Language in the UK requirement known as KOLL.
3 year rule: having spent no more than 270 days in total outside of the UK in the most recent 3 years.
5 year rule: having spent no more than 450 days outside the UK in the last 5 years.
You are of good character.
You have a referee who is a professional and has known you for more than 3 years.
Your referee must have known you for at least three years.
You may be called for interview.
If your application is successful you will be invited to a Citizenship Ceremony.
A Fixed Fee of £500 to represent you payable on submission of the application to the Home Office. The Fee includes checking the application, documentation & informing you of any developments as they arise. There will be no VAT charged, However, you will be responsible for any Home Office application fees & disbursements regarding the application.