Nationality, Naturalisation, and Registration as a British Citizen

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We can assist you with entry clearance, naturalisation, complex queries and “Life in the UK” test and much more.

Understanding the rules regarding British citizenship and nationality can be difficult. There are a number of nationality types, conditions and application forms to take into account. At Bright Legal Solicitors, we are experts in immigration services, policies and procedures and this experience allows us to provide the best support and guidance to anyone seeking to apply for British citizenship.


There are several forms of British nationality that arise in different circumstances and situations. These are:

  • British citizenship
  • British overseas citizenship
  • British overseas territory citizenship
  • British national (overseas)
  • British protected person
  • British subject

For any application made for British citizenship, it’s important to know which of these might apply in your case and what sort of application you need to make.


Naturalisation is the process of applying to become a British citizen after meeting a specific set of criteria. This criteria stipulates you:

  • Are 18 or over
  • Will continue to live in the UK
  • Are of sound mind
  • Are of good character
  • Have passed the ‘Life in the UK’ test and completed a language test
  • Can communicate in English, Scottish, Gaelic or Welsh
  • Have not broken any immigration laws while in the UK
  • Have lived in the UK for at least five years
  • Have spent no more than 450 days outside of the UK in the last five years, and 90 within the last 12 months
  • Have been granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK
  • Have had indefinite leave to stay in the UK for the last 12 months

These criteria can change in certain situations, such as having a British citizen civil partner or spouse and you will need to understand these variances to give your application the best chance of success.

Registration as a British citizen

All applications for children to become British have to be by Registration. Sometimes they are entitled to register as British – if not they can apply to the Home Office asking for permission to register based on their particular circumstances. Adults can also register as British citizens in certain circumstances.

With a number of different forms, criteria and legislation to comprehend, it can be difficult to know where to start to make sure you have the best chance of success. Immigration laws can change very quickly and at short notice, so make sure you seek the best advice and support to make everything as clear as possible for your application. Speak to Bright Legal Solicitors today to make full use of our expertise in this area.

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