How to get citizenship in the UK

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How to get citizenship in the UK
Your UK citizenship entitles you to a UK passport. (Getty Thinkstock)

The UK grants citizenship for several different reasons. These include hereditary citizenship through descent and citizenship earned through residency. Naturalised citizens must be of sound mind, intend to continue living in the UK or to continue in Crown service, have knowledge of life in the UK proved by passing the Life in the UK test and meet residential requirements.

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Things you need

  • Passport
  • Pass certificate from Life In The UK Test
  • Evidence of lawful residence in the UK
  • Evidence of freedom from immigration restrictions
  • Marriage certificate, certificate of Crown service or documentation for British nationality

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    Schedule and pass the Life in the UK test by calling the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 011-44-800-015-4245 or checking online for a test centre. You will need to pass this test with a score of at least 75 per cent to proceed. The test has questions on UK civics and government and tests English speaking skills. Once you have passed the test, you will receive a pass certificate signed by the proctor.

  2. 2

    Complete form AN. This is the application for naturalisation and contains questions about your personal information, your time in the UK and your moral character. You will also need the details for two references, one of whom must be a British citizen with a passport.

  3. 3

    Gather your supporting evidence. This includes your passport, Life in the UK pass certificate, evidence of your legal residence in the UK, evidence that you are not subject to immigration controls in the UK--such as a copy of your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) passport stamp--and your marriage certificate or certificate of Crown service.

  4. 4

    Send your application form and supporting documents to the address located on form AN. This varies depending on where you live and whether you are in the UK or not at the time of applying. The UK Border Agency will process your application; if it is successful, you will be invited to attend an oath ceremony.

  5. 5

    Attend your oath ceremony. Once the oath is sworn, you will receive a registration certificate for your UK citizenship.

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