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British Naturalisation Lawyers in London

What is British Naturalisation?

British Naturalisation is the last mandatory step on your path to becoming a British citizen and eventually attaining a British passport. At Westkin Associates we have our specialist naturalisation team based in London that will project manage your entire application.

Please Note: This is not an application for the British Passport itself. After your application for naturalisation you will be invited to a ceremony, where you will be officially sworn in as a British citizen. You are then entitled to apply for a British passport.

This page will provide Naturalisation guidance, including how to apply and the requirements for achieving this status.

To find out how our Naturalisation lawyers in London can assist you with your case, please get in touch today by calling our office on 020 3820 2193 or through our website.

British Naturalisation requirements

To apply for Naturalisation, you must meet a number of requirements. This is an important step in your immigration journey towards obtaining a British passport and there are a number of criteria to meet. Completing your Naturalisation application doesn’t need to be a daunting process. Our team of specialist immigration lawyers are on hand to assist you with meeting the below requirements.

For the majority of applicants (excluding EEA nationals or those applying as a spouse of a British national), the requirements for British Naturalisation are:

  • You must hold Indefinite Leave to Remain for the last 12 months.
  • In the 12 months prior to the application you cannot have an excess of 90 days absences from the UK. In some cases discretion can be exercised in this area and we recommend you get in touch to discuss your case if you feel you have valid reasons for not meeting this requirement.
  • You must meet the residential requirements, thus you must show 5 years lawful residence in the UK. In these 5 years you cannot have an excess of 450 days absences from the UK.
  • You must pass ‘The Life In the UK’ Test.
  • You must have passed the English language requirement.
  • You must show you are a person of good character. This aspect of the Naturalisation process is very subjective, and our immigration lawyers can guide you through how to show that you meet this requirement.

Naturalisation for spouse of British citizen

The Naturalisation requirements are slightly different if you apply as a spouse of a British national and different supporting evidence will need to be included in your application. This includes:

  • You must hold Indefinite Leave to remain on the date of the application.
  • In the 12 months prior to the application you cannot have an excess of 90 days absences from the UK, however we may be able to exercise discretion if this is in excess.
  • You must meet the residential requirements, thus you must show 3 years lawful residence in the UK.
  • In these 3 years you cannot have an excess of 270 days absences from the UK.
  • You must pass ‘The Life In the UK’ test.
  • You must have passed the English language requirement.
  • You must show you are a person of good character. As above, our team of Naturalisation lawyers can assist you in meeting this subjective requirement.

EEA national applying for Naturalisation

The process of applying for Naturalisation is slightly different if you are an EEA National or their Non-EEA partner. The requirements for this application type includes:

  • You must show 6 years residence in the UK.
  • In the 12 months prior to the application you cannot have an excess of 90 days absences from the UK.
  • You must show 5 years exercising treaty rights (or Permanent Residence).
  • In these 5 years you cannot have an excess of 450 days absences from the UK, including no absences of 180 days at any one time.
  • You must pass ‘The Life In the UK’ test.
  • You must have passed the English language requirement.
  • You must show you are a person of good character.

There are a number of documents required for British Naturalisation applications, and extensive documentation is needed to prove each requirement. Applications made with insufficient or wrong documentation will be refused.

If you are ready to continue your journey towards holding a British passport, applying for British Naturalisation may be the next step for you. Our experienced Naturalisation lawyers can assist you with your case and help you to meet the necessary requirements in your application. We have a wealth of experience in preparing individuals for their application and successfully helping people to achieve Naturalisation status.

“When applying for naturalisation, I debated whether I should seek legal help or just go through the process myself. I ended up going to Westkin and could not have been happier with the service. My lawyer was always available when I called, responsive, and more than anything else – reassuring. What could have very easily been a confusing and worrying process became relatively simple and Westkin was there at every step. I was a citizen in under six months and the whole process was a breeze.”

Get in touch today for a cost-free, commitment-free chat about how we can help you with your Naturalisation case.

How long does British Naturalisation take?

British Nationality can be obtained after living in the UK for a minimum period of 5 years and having held Indefinite Leave to Remain for at least 12 months (6 years in total). However if you are married to a British national you do not need to wait the additional 12 month.

You’ll usually get a decision on whether your Naturalisation has been granted within 6 months – some applications can take longer.

At Westkin, we understand your concerns with your passport being held for the duration this six month application period. This is why as part of our service, we allow you to keep your passport. We certify a copy on the same day, freeing up your passport from the lengthy processing times.

What is the British Naturalisation fee?

The current UK Government fee for processing Naturalisation applications is £1,330. Applicants will also be required to pay £19.20 to have their Biometric information taken as part of the application process.

At Westkin, we don’t put a set fee on our assistance with your Naturalisation case. This is because we know that every case is unique, and each requires different levels of care from our team. Instead, we ask that you get in touch with our team for a cost-free, commitment-free chat, so that we can discuss your case with you and offer you a bespoke fee for our work. One of our six unbreakable promises is that we will never overcharge you, or surprise you with any hidden fees.

To discuss your Naturalisation case with our team today, please get in touch. 

Expert Naturalisation service from trained immigration lawyers

At Westkin Associates we provide a specialised Naturalisation service for clients who require a full professional service delivered to the highest standard. We are unique in that we also deliver the highest service for our clients. This means from the point you instruct us, we shall endeavour to project manage your application from start to finish in order to secure your naturalisation as a British citizen.

Our unique Naturalisation service includes:

  • Initial consultation with an expert lawyer to discuss the process, procedure and develop an action plan moving forwards.
  • Client care letter within 24 hours.
  • Checklist of documents tailored to your application.
  • Certified copy of your passport.
  • Completion of all application forms on your behalf.
  • Full legal representations.
  • Templates required for the application.
  • Tabulated absences for your travel history.
  • Correspondence throughout the application process.
  • Project management of the entire application.

“I was very impressed with Westkin Associates service and we would highly recommend the company.The lawyer who worked on my Naturalisation case showed great expertise, communication was clear, amazing attention to detail. Everything that you’d want and expect. I have always felt confident and secure with Westkin handling the case and would like to say thank you very much. it’s been a pleasure working with you.”

We pride ourselves on offering a complete Naturalisation service where we handle your case in its entirety for you, from start to finish. This allows our immigration lawyers to take the stress off of you, meaning you can begin preparing for the next steps of your life in the UK. Get in touch today to find out how we can assist you.

Westkin Associates

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5th Floor, Maddox House,

1 Maddox Street

Mayfair

London

W1S 2PZ

United Kingdom

020 3820 2193

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