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Our specialist practitioners can guide you through the 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.
How can our experienced team help you?

To assist you in navigating the complex Immigration Rules and ensuring that your application is given the best prospects, we can represent you throughout your case for a fixed fee of £1,200 plus VAT for non-complex cases. 

We believe a fixed fee makes it easier for you to budget for your application and therefore we will not vary from this price unless we feel that your application will require significantly more work than a standard application. In this event, we will discuss this with you in advance of beginning work on your matter.

Our service includes: providing you with a tailored list of documents which we believe are necessary for you to provide in your particular circumstances; drafting a letter of legal representations which explains to the decision-maker how you meet the appropriate requirements; preparing and submitting your application on your behalf; and liaising with the Home Office as and when is necessary until a decision is reached on your case. 

As an alternative to full representation, we also offer consultancy and document-checking services, in order to provide you with initial guidance or to check through your application for errors and omissions before you submit it. This is charged at our hourly rate.

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 with you to achieve your desired outcome.

We are unable to guarantee how long the Home Office will take to decide on your application, although unnecessary delays that exceed 6 months may be unlawful in your matter. You can read current Home Office processing times guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visa-decision-waiting-times-applications-outside-the-uk
 
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