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Naturalisation (AN) - applications for British citizenship for adults (18 or over). From January 1st, until the end of June 2021, you can only apply with a PR card if you have not been granted settled status. You must apply with settled status is you have it. You can still use the PR card to show PR status acquired over 12 months ago and lawful residence.

Naturalisation (AN) - applications for British citizenship for adults (18 or over). From January 1st, until the end of June 2021, you can only apply with a PR card if you have not been granted settled status. You must apply with settled status is you have it. You can still use the PR card to show PR status acquired over 12 months ago and lawful residence.

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  • How to apply for citizenship (naturalisation)

    Details regarding the application are found here:

    https://www.gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-naturalise-as-a-british-citizen-form-an

    The paper form posted on the above is aimed at residents of the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory not served by UKVCAS/Sopra Steria.

    People living in the UK should apply online: AN form
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  • When can I naturalise?

    From January 1st 2021, you can only use a PR card to apply if you haven't been granted settled status.

    In order to apply for citizenship, applicants must have ILR, including Settled Status.
    The application submission date is the relevant date for ALL practical purposes, not the biometrics appointment date.


    If you have settled status, you CANNOT apply with a PR card from January 1st 2021.

    Although it is...
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  • Applications based on marriage or civil partnership with a British citizen

    The main difference with applications based on marriage or civil partnership, is the relevant period, which is 3 years instead of 5.

    If applying on these basis, you need to:
    • List your absences from the UK in the last 3 years;
    • Not exceed the allowed number of absences in the last 3 years; and
    • Provide evidence of residence in the UK for the last 3 years.
    There's no need to wait for 12 months after being granted ILR, including settled status, if applying on the basis of marriage...
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  • Citizenship application step-by-step

    From January 2021, you can only use a PR card if you haven't been granted settled status. You can still use your PR card to prove you acquired PR status and to show lawful residence when applying with settled status.
    ​ Please refer to this post for an overview of most common issues: Issues, mistakes, errors and ommisions
    Make sure you have PR, ILR or settled status.
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  • Information for German nationals applying for British citizenship

    The transition period ended at 11pm on December 31st 2020. This means German nationals can no longer apply for British citizenship without the risk of losing their German citizenship.

    Germans who wish to obtain citizenship of a non-EU country have to apply for a Beibehaltungsgenehmigung (permit to retain German citizenship) to avoid losing their German citizenship. If you are German, you need to make sure you apply for this before applying to become British....
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  • Dual citizenship

    Dual citizenship

    Dual citizenship is subject to change and can be complicated in some cases. You should check with your Embassy or Consular Office to find out what the situation is with your country.

    At the time of writing, Germany only allows dual with another EU country, so German nationals had to apply before the end of the transition period, which ended at 11pm on December 31st 2020. German nationals must check with the German authorities before applying for British citizenship....
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  • Naturalisation and impact on spouses and family members

    If the non EEA family member has been issued with a PR card, there is no need to use the Lounes paper application. They can apply in the usual way, using their PR card number to prove relationship and residence.


    See: Applying with PR



    There is no time limit for close family members of EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, to join their family members here, provided the relationship existed before the end of the...
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  • Cover letter

    Cover letter

    A covering letter is not mandatory but desirable. Our lawyers always include a covering letter with every application.

    The cover letter is a document you have to type yourself in Word or a similar program and upload with the rest of supporting documents, it's not part of the AN form nor provided with the form.

    The letter is useful to explain things such as:
    • That your absence/trips listing is to the best of your recollection.
    • If you have
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  • Biometrics

    Biometrics

    Everyone needs to enroll biometrics for their citizenship application, even if they have enrolled them before for another application.

    When you submit the form and pay, you will be invited to set up an account with Sopra Steria, once you do that, you are able to book an appointment with one of the UKVCAS centres, where you will do your biometrics at the appointment.

    See: Submitting the form and booking your UKVCAS appointment.

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  • Timeframes

    Timeframes

    The Home Office has a target to process citizenship applications within 6 months. In most cases this is adhered to.

    Timeframes can and do vary from case to case. These days most applications are decided in under 3 months but some may take longer.

    Some applicants had to wait over 6 months, in smll number of cases, over a year, however, their applications were successful.
    There is no way to track applications nor make enquiries regarding...
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  • Mistakes, errors and omissions on citizenship applications

    Care must be taken before submitting the form. Make sure you double-check your answers before submitting it. There is no need to rush.

    If an application is refused, the fee is non-refundable, if it's withdrawn, the fee would be refunded, minus a small admin charge.

    Most errors on the form can be easily rectified after submission, however, it is important to identify issues that can be a cause for concern.

    Applications are...
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  • Overview of the naturalisation process

    Overview of the naturalisation process

    From January 1st, you can only use your PR card if you haven't been granted settled status

    In order to apply for citizenship, applicants must have ILR, including Settled Status.

    The application submission date is the relevant date for ALL practical purposes, not the biometrics appointment date.

    If you have settled status, you CAN NO LONGER apply with a PR card.


    Step-by-step guide

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  • The citizenship ceremony

    The citizenship ceremony

    All successful nationality applicants aged 18 or over need to attend a ceremony, this includes those who register as British using forms T, UKF and UKM if they are 18 or over when their application is decided, as well as those who apply for naturalisation as adults using form AN.

    Minors who are still aged under 18 at the time their application is decided do not attend a ceremony.

    A standard group ceremony costs £80, this fee is included in the...
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