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Our specialist practitioners can guide you through options that may be open to you in relation to British citizenship and provide a straightforward assessment of the prospects of a successful outcome.

We are experienced in the full range of British nationality issues, including applications for Certificates of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the UK, Registration as a British citizen after having renounced citizenship, applications for naturalisation as a British citizen for EEA nationals with Worker Registration Scheme issues and reconsideration requests after refusal of an application for British citizenship.

Naturalisation or Registration

Broadly speaking, registration as a British citizen is considered to be an entitlement on meeting certain legal requirements, whereas naturalisation is a discretion that the Home Secretary may exercise on an adult, satisfying certain legal requirements. There are some exceptions and the outcomes are often immaterial.

Requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen:
  • The applicant must:
  • Be aged 18 or over;
  • Meet the residence requirements;
  • Have held settled status in the UK for the qualifying period;
  • Be of good character;
  • Be of sound mind (or it can be shown to be in the applicant’s best interests);
  • Have sufficient knowledge of life and language of the UK;
  • Intend to continue to live in the UK following the acceptance their naturalisation application.
Registration as a British citizen - Children

To obtain British citizenship, applicants under 18 years of age must undergo a registration process. Registrations are usually granted by entitlement. The Secretary of State also has a discretion to register children as British where there are exceptional or compelling circumstances.  Guidance has been issued as to the factors may be brought into consideration by decision makers. These include, but are not limited to:
  • The child’s place of birth;
  • The child’s connection with the UK;
  • The length of time the child has lived in the UK;
  • The length of time the parents have lived in the UK;
  • The nationality of the parents;
  • The views of the parents;
  • The best interests of the child;
  • The human rights of relevant parties to the decision;
  • Any compelling circumstances which may require British citizenship.
Fees:

We charge a fixed fee of £975 plus VAT for representing you in your standard application to become a British citizen. We believe a fixed fee makes it easier for you to budget for your application.

This fee includes:
  • Taking instructions and providing advice on your matter;
  • Considering the documents that you provide us with;
  • Preparing and submitting an application on your behalf;
  • Drafting legal representations to support your application;
  • Liaising with the Home Office as and when necessary until a decision is reached on your application.
This fee does not cover Home Office fees, interpreters, travel expenses or attending interviews in relation to your matter. Complex cases may attract additional fees, but you will be advised of these before we begin works on your case.

This fee covers work up until a decision is reached  on your application but where further advice or work is required thereafter, additional fees will be chargeable. You will always be advised of any additional charges before we carry out work on your behalf.
 
Processing times:

Once we receive the appropriate documents from you, we will submit your application promptly and generally within 10 days of receipt of these. We will take note of your preferences when it comes to application submission and try to work to with you to achieve your desired outcome.
We are unable to guarantee how long the Home Office will take to decide on your application. You can read their current processing times guidance here:
https://visa-processingtimes.homeoffice.gov.uk/y
 
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