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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.

To talk to one of our award-winning immigration solicitors about applying for British citizenship and nationality, please contact us on 0203 959 9123 to make an appointment.

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.

Our British nationality and citizenship lawyers can help with issues including:

  • Applying for British citizenship
  • British citizenship refusals
  • The Life in the UK test
  • Immigration advice for the Windrush Generation
  • Dual nationality

Our years of specialist expertise and up-to-the minute knowledge of British citizenship and nationality rules mean our team can significantly increase your chances of a successful application.

Have a question about British citizenship and nationality? Take a look at our answers to questions we have been asked below or feel free to ask our immigration lawyers a question.

Speak to our British citizenship lawyers in London now

We can discuss your British nationality and citizenship requirements with you at our offices, over the phone or online via Web Conferencing such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco WebEx or Skype.

To speak to our British citizenship and nationality lawyers in London, please call now on 0203 959 9123 or use our simple online enquiries form.

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Applications 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

British citizenship refusals

If your British citizenship application had been denied, you are likely to be confused and distressed. The good news is that there are options to have this decision reviewed that can potentially still allow you to secure British citizenship.

Depending on the circumstances, you can:

  • Request the reconsideration of the decision by the Home Office – this means the Home Office will review your application and check whether you may, in fact, meet the requirements for British citizenship to be granted.
  • Seek a Judicial Review – this means challenging the lawfulness of the decision to refuse your application for British citizenship e.g. where it may be that the law has not been properly applied or there were mistakes in the processing of your application.

Our expert immigration lawyers have extensive experience with requesting reconsideration of British citizenship applications and seeking Judicial Review of British citizenship refusals. We can help you to choose the right option for you and support you through every stage of proceedings, giving you the best chance of success.

Life in the UK test

All applications for naturalisation are subject to you having passed the ‘Life in the UK’ test and this will need to be evidenced as part of your application.

Our British citizenship lawyers can advise on what the Life in the UK test involves, help you locate the appropriate test centre and support you in preparing for the test.

Immigration advice for the Windrush Generation

Our immigration lawyers have been at the forefront of managing the Windrush Generation scandal. We have assisted a number of individuals and families and been called on by the media to provide further assistance and guidance to the wider public affected by the destructive nature of the Home Offices policies.

Our immigration lawyers and senior solicitors continue to work with clients that have faced the damaging consequences of the Home Office's hostile environment policy and its continuing goal 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.

We strongly believe in the contribution immigrants make to the UK, with many of our team, including our founders, having an immigrant background. We are determined to help those affected by the Windrush scandal to secure their future in the UK.

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.

Why choose OTS Solicitors to assist with British citizenship applications and nationality issues?

Key reasons to choose our team for British citizenship and nationality advice include:

  • We have a very high success rate for our clients, including for British citizenship applications.
  • We hold the highest Law Society Accreditation award in Immigration Law
  • We have been consistently ranked as leading immigration experts by respected client guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners
  • Head of Department Teni Shahiean is a Legal 500 recommended Immigration Lawyer
  • Managing Partner Oshin Shahiean is a Law Society accredited Immigration Supervisor and accredited Senior Level 2 Immigration Advisor OISC Level 3
  • Senior Immigration Consultant Paul Gulbenkian is a former Immigration Tribunal Judge and Crown Court Recorder, a founder member of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA) and President of the European Immigration Lawyers Group
  • Our team has over 85 years of combined experience and knowledge covering all areas of immigration law

Your case really matters to our team. We personally invest in our clients because we know how much getting the right outcome means for you and your future.

We are committed to keeping things as simple, smooth and seamless as possible for you, including providing a fixed fee so you know exactly how much our support will cost. You will work directly with an experienced immigration lawyer and we will always be available to answer any questions you may have.

You can read more about our expertise and exceptional personal service on our main immigration service page.

Speak to our British citizenship and nationality lawyers in London now

We can discuss how we can help with you with British citizenship and nationality at our offices, over the phone or online via Web Conferencing such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco WebEx or Skype.

To speak to our British citizenship and nationality lawyers in London, please call now on 0203 959 9123 or use our simple online enquiries form.

Your Questions and our answers about British Citizenship and Nationality

Thank you for your enquiry.

There are multiple documents that you can provide in support of your application for naturalisation (British Citizenship). The general rule is that you should aim to provide as much detail as possible. We can provide you with a full document checklist tailored to your application if you get in touch with us.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry.

If you hold Settled Status as your current status in the UK then you would usually need to wait 12 months from when you were first granted this to apply for citizenship. The rules differ slightly if you are married to a British Citizen.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry.

The application will be dealt with on a discretionary basis taking into account factors that may influence the Good Character Requirement. This would depend on the nature of the offence, the date that you received the conviction and whether there is an identifiable pattern of behaviour.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry.

The UK does allow dual and triple Citizenship, however, you would need to check with the respective countries whether they allow this otherwise you could be at risk or losing one or more of your nationalities.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry.

If the applicant is under 18 or over 65. or if they have a long-term physical or mental condition, they will likely be exempt from taking the test. This would need to be confirmed with a letter from a doctor and/or other medical professional.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry.

There is a continuous residence requirement for Citizenship applications in the UK which includes not being absent from the UK for more than 90 days in the last 12 month period and 450 days in total outside the UK for the 5 years prior to submitting the application.

There are exceptions in place due to the pandemic and discretion may be applied in circumstances where the applicant has been unable to return to the UK due to travel and/or immigration restrictions.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

In order to make a valid application for Citizenship, you would need to hold English Language level B1 or above (unless exempt). You would need to check your certificate to determine whether this would be at the sufficient level. If you have a degree, masters or PhD taught in English, this will usually exclude you from the requirement. In the meantime, we  can provide you with further detailed information based on your individual circumstances. You can call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here

 

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

Unfortunately, if you are in the UK on a Student Visa then this would not count towards continuous residence and you would likely not be able to apply for Citizenship on this basis. Other routes such as Skilled Worker do count towards this. For a full discussion, you can call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

This would depend on the basis on which you are applying for Citizenship. You would need to provide documentation proving your continuous residence in the UK in addition to proof of the LiUK test and English Language Test (unless exempt). In the meantime, we  can provide you with a full document checklist based on your individual circumstances. You can call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here

Thank you for getting in touch with us.

A student visa does not provide a route to settlement in the UK. You would need to switch to another visa first for this to count towards the continuous residence requirement.

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

Thank you for your enquiry.

There is a continuous residence requirement for Citizenship applications in the UK which includes not being absent from the UK for more than 90 days in the last 12 month period.

There are exceptions in place due to the pandemic and discretion may be applied in circumstances where the applicant has been unable to return to the UK due to travel and/or immigration restrictions.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

Thank you for your enquiry.

You would need to make an application for naturalisation on the relevant application.

If you are over 65 you may be exempt from the English Language Test and the Life in the UK Test.

For more information you can also call us on 02039 599123 or contact us here.

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