Last Update: 20th April 2011
British Citizenship Applications British citizenship applications can be granted in a number of ways to those
who have a right to live in the United Kingdom. Firstly, is it can be granted through naturalisation whereby the
person needs to be over the age of 18 and has been living in the United Kingdom for the last five years and not on
a student visa during that period.
Secondly, British citizenship can be granted to those who have been issued a spouse visa which enables a
husband, wife, or civil partner to apply for leave to enter, or leave in the United Kingdom on the grounds that
they are married to a person settled in Britain.
The requirements for a spouse visa is that the partners need to be of legal age to get married, they are legally
married to each other, plan to live together, able o support themselves without recourse to public funds, and have
adequate accommodation. If the couple have children under the age of 18 years, they will be granted entry to the
United Kingdom as dependants. After the two year spouse visa, the partner can than apply for indefinite leave to
remain in the UK, which is permanent residency.
Thirdly, British citizenship applications can be based on ancestry whereby
a person who is a commonwealth citizen can immigrate to the United Kingdom based on their ancestral ties to the UK.
The requirements are that applicant must be over the age of 17 years, the applicant must be a commonwealth citizen,
and the applicant must have a grandparent who was born in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.
The applicant must provide documentary evidence of a birth certificate, full birth certificates of the parent and
grandparent of whose ancestry is based on, marriage certificates of the parents and grandparents.
An immigration lawyer can assist the applicant with the British citizenship
applications and the forms and many have a wealth of experience in immigration law, and some have dealt with
very crucial and complex matters especially with settlement of persons in foreign countries. They usually assist
with the filling in the correct application form for the client, getting the relevant and correct paperwork and any
other essential documents that are needed to make the whole immigration process smoother.
The cost for an immigration lawyer will vary usually according to the law firm, the complexity of the
immigration case at hand, and if the lawyer offers legal aid. There are other organizations which assist people
with their immigration enquiries and British citizenship applications such as law centres, which usually do a
financial income related assessment and based on that, the client could be entitled to legal aid.
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