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British Citizenship by Naturalisation - Non EEA Citizen

British Citizenship (known as Naturalisation of a non-EU person) is available to a candidate who has spent sufficient time in the UK.

For more information on how British Nationality could be acquired through residency in the UK, then watch this short video by Philip Gamble:

Naturalisation in the UK

Time spent in the UK counts towards nationality, so the candidate can obtain British citizenship over time, on the basis of continuous residency in the UK. A passport holder of any non-EU country who meets the residency qualifying period and who has held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for further qualifying period is entitled to apply for British Citizenship. There are two categories covered by this, based on two different situations:-

- the applicant is MARRIED to a British citizen; OR
- the applicant is NOT MARRIED to a British citizen;

THE APPLICANT IS MARRIED TO A BRITISH CITIZEN

There are several requirements:-

- The applicant must have resided in the UK for 3 years (they cannot have been outside of the UK for more than 270 days in total over the 3 year period in question and specifically no more than 90 days in the prior 12 months);
- The applicant must hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR);
- The marriage must be legal and substantiated; AND
- The applicant must pass the Life in the UK test (unless the applicant is aged 65 or above).

THE APPLICANT IS NOT MARRIED TO A BRITISH CITIZEN

There are several requirements:-

- The applicant must have resided in the UK for 5 years (they cannot have been outside of the UK for more than 450 days in total over the 5 year period in question and specifically no more than 90 days in the prior 12 months);
- The applicant must hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for a minimum of 12 months; AND
- The applicant must pass the Life in the UK test (unless the applicant is aged 65 or above).

The successful applicant must attend a Citizenship Ceremony in their local council area as a final act of acquiring citizenship.

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