Since the UK separated from the European Union(EU), a common question has been lingering over the minds of many European citizens, whether they can become British citizens and seek UK citizenship.?
Let us say, you are a European citizen, and have a settled status as of 30 December 2020, in order for you to claim British citizenship, you must prove that you have all the eligibility criteria to apply for UK citizenship through the process of Naturalisation.
For you to apply for UK citizenship with settled status, you need to comply with Home Office’s requirements and complete all the necessary documentation.
What does settled status mean?
EU residents and their family members who have already arrived in the UK by 30 December 2020 must register under the settled status UK scheme in hopes of keeping their right to stay indefinitely after 30 June 2021.
Those who have lived in the UK consistently for 5 years or more should be granted settled status. If you’ve been in the UK for less than five years, you’ll almost certainly be awarded pre-settled status. To be eligible for pre-settled status, you must have begun living in the United Kingdom by December 31, 2020, or by the date the United Kingdom leaves the EU.
If you are awarded pre-settled status, you will be able to stay in the UK for a period of five years before applying for settled status.
How can I apply for British citizenship with settled status?
A foremost requirement is that you must fulfill all the eligibility requirements for naturalization.
To apply for naturalization with settled status, you do not require a permanent residency card.
One of the conditions is that you must be able to demonstrate that you have resided in the UK for a period of 12 months after receiving full settled status.
If you have previously held permanent residence status that has been converted to settled status, you can apply this time to your 12-month qualifying term.
An important requirement- to have a lawful residence
The UK Home Office asks you to provide evidence of your lawful status of residence in the UK.
A person who possesses lawful residence or status in the UK has a valid visa and permission to be in the nation.
The biometric residence permit or card (BRP) is the simplest way for a migrant to confirm their legal status. Instead of a physical card, EEA and Swiss nationals who have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme will receive electronic confirmation of their status.
Required documents for naturalization
Eligibility for British citizenship will also be contingent on completing and showing documentation to prove the following
- You are at least 18 years old.
- You’re in good health and have a sound mind
- You have an excellent reputation, as evidenced by the fact that you have no recent or major criminal record.
- You have sufficient language and cultural knowledge of the United Kingdom.
- You’ve met the residency criteria, i.e., you haven’t been gone for more than a certain number of days in the last five years.
- Unless you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, you want to stay in the UK.
- Life in the UK test certificate
- English proficiency test certificate
Application and fee
You must make an online application and pay the fee of £1,330. Along with it, you must send in the complete documents to the Home Office.
Biometric registration is mandatory for application, which costs £19.20.
You must seek legal advice from immigration solicitors in London. A Y & J Solicitors have a high reputation in visa and immigration expertise.
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