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British Citizenship and Nationality

At OTS Solicitors we understand how important it is for our clients and their families to finally settle and make the UK their permanent home. If you are thinking of applying for British Citizenship, our Specialist British Citizenship team will provide the best immigration advice and representation to assist you to become a British citizen.

There are several ways to become a British citizen. Some individuals may be born as British citizens, other will need to be registered as British, but most commonly individuals that have resided lawfully and settled in the UK will need to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen.

Application for British Citizenship

If you have obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain, or permanent residence, you may be entitled to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen. This will be subject to meeting certain requirements such as your age, residence, character and assessments. Our team of Immigration solicitors will assist you to show that you meet the following requirements:

  • You are over 18 years old at the point of applying
  • You will continue to live in the UK
  • You have passed the 'Life in the UK' Test
  • You will need to show that you have, as a minimum and depending on your immigration status resided in the UK for 5 years and in possession of ILR for at least 12 months
  • You will need to show that in the last five years you have not been outside the UK for more than 450 days and 90 days within the last 12 months
  • You have had indefinite leave to remain for the last 12 months
  • You will need to show that you have not broken any immigration laws in the UK
  • You are of a good character and sound mind

Life In The UK Test

All applications for naturalistation are subject to you having passed the ‘Life in the UK’ test and this will need to be evidenced as part of your application. We can advise and help you locate the appropriate test centre and to prepare for the test.

Windrush Generation

Our Immigration lawyers have been at the forefront of managing the Windrush generation scandal, having assited a number of individuals and families and being called on by the media to provide further assitance and guidance to the wider public affected by the destructive nature of the Home Offices policies.

Our Immigration lawyers and senior solicitors continues to work with clients that have faced the damaging consequences of the Home Office's hostile environment policy and its continued perseverence of bringing Immigration figures down to tens of thousands. The scandal has shown that the Home Office continues to see many migrants as just numbers and not as hard working families and individuals who have contributed hugely to the wealth and culture of the country.

If you are a member of the Windrush generation, or require expert Immigration advice, please contact our office for an appointment on 0203 959 9123.

Dual Nationality

In the UK, once you have obtained your British citizenship you will be entitled to hold both your British and any other nationality as a dual national. However, holding dual nationality is prohibited by some countries. Our Specialist British Citizenship team will assess if your country prohibits dual nationality, and we will assist you to contact your embassy or consulate to ensure that you do not stand to lose your citizenship following a successful application for British citizenship.

To discuss the requirement for British citizenship our Specialist British Citizenship team will be able to help you. Please contact the OTS Solicitors on 0203 959 9123 or contact us online.

Your Questions and our answers about British Citizenship and Nationality

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

Please contact us directly on 02039599123 to discuss this further or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry Emma.

The Home Office may take into consideration prolonged absences due to the effects of the pandemic when processing your application.

In order to advise you more specifically, you would need to book a consultation with one of our solicitors so that we can understand the full picture and advise you accordingly.

If you would like to make an appointment, please call 02039 599123

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Your enquiry is being reviewed by our team and one of our solicitors will contact you shortly. Please note that we are unable to provide specific advice unless a consultation is booked with one of our solicitors.
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Thank you for getting in touch with us.

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Hello Sharmarke,

Thank you for your enquiry. You will need to have Settled Status for 12 months before making an application and satisfy the relevant criteria. If you need assistance with making your application, please contact us on 02039 599123.

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Thank you for getting in touch with us.

Your enquiry is being reviewed by our team and one of our solicitors will contact you shortly.

In the meantime, you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for contacting us with your Immigration matter. It is highly unlikely that you will be eligible for a British Passport via your brother unless he has obtained his passport via your father or mother. We need further details to advise you and we request that you contact us on 02039599123 to speak with our experienced lawyers.

Thank you for your enquiry. There are various requirements which must be met when applying for British Citizenship, therefore, we would advise that you arrange a consultation in order for us to confirm when you would be eligible to apply by calling 02039 599123. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your enquiry. There are various requirements which must be met when applying for British Citizenship, therefore, we would advise that you arrange a consultation by calling 02039 599123 in order for us to confirm when you would be eligible to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your enquiry. There are various requirements which must be met when applying for British Citizenship, therefore, we would advise that you arrange a consultation by calling 02039 599123 in order for us to confirm when you would be eligible to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

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In the meantime, you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

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