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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 the most common issues: Issues, mistakes, errors and ommisions
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 12:11 PM. Reason: Added and amended - point about British passport. You should now apply for your first British passport. It is required under British law that those who have naturalised as British citizens travel in a

  • 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

    Please...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 01:12 PM. Reason: checked

  • Expired passports, ID cards and travel documents

    It is possible to apply using a valid passport or ID card, however, the form will ask you if you have a valid passport and, if the answer is Yes, it will ask you to provide the document, even if you also have a valid ID card.
    Passports only need to be valid at the time the application is submitted online, not on the date of your biometrics appointment.



    All documents are uploaded and sent in digital format to the Home Office, so there is no...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 11:32 AM. Reason: checked

  • Dual nationals and different names on British passport

    Dual nationals and different names on British passport

    Recently the Home Office have started allowing for different names in two different passports if the law of the country of origin is strict and does not allow for the same rules as the UK.

    Here’s the link to the policy (exception noted on page 7): Use of names in passports.




    Spanish nationals

    In light of this, the Spanish consulate now issues a certificate explaining this law in English so you can present it to the...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 10:13 AM. Reason: Broken link to Spanish consulate name certificate substituted with current link to pdf - http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/LONDRES/es/ServiciosConsulares/Documents/SOLICITUD%20CERTIFICADO%20LEY%

  • Evidence of residence

    Settled status, is not enough evidence of residence for the last 3 or 5 years, as the criteria to obtain it is different, and it can be based on an earlier period of residence and not necessarily the last 5 years.

    For that reason, the Home Office requires additional evidence of residence sent with your application.

    The online AN form produces a checklist at the end of the form, where you are asked to send certain documents, including evidence...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 12:04 PM. Reason: checked and amended

  • Allowed absences and discretion

    The usual absence allowances are:
    • Up to 90 days in the last 12 months; and either
    • Up to 270 days in the last 3 years if you are married to a British citizen at the time of your application; or
    • Up to 450 days in the last 5 years if you are not married to a British citizen.
    The Home Office has discretion to waive excess absences in individual cases, for example, as a result of your work.

    The individual circumstances of each case will be looked at, includin...
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  • Absences and residence requirements for naturalisation

    Please note the following requirements:

    You need to have been physically present in the UK:
    • 3 years ago on the date you submit your citizenship application if you are married to a British citizen at the time of your application; or
    • 5 years ago if not married to a British citizen.
    The relevant date is defined on page 14 of the Nationality Policy:



    A similar principle would apply to applications on the basis of marriage, where...
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  • Booking your language test

    Details about authorized test centres can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests

    There are a number of websites out there offering to book language tests, these are usually sites that charge you extra to do something you can do yourself. You must book tests EXCLUSIVELY with the AUTHORISED PROVIDERS listed below.

    At the time of writing, the language test fee is...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 01:27 PM. Reason: checked - links working

  • Exemptions

    Exemptions

    People over the age of 65 are exempt from both the LITUK and language tests. There are also exemptions on health grounds.

    If the date of birth provided on the online AN form indicates you are over 65, the questions about the language and Life in the UK requirements will not appear on the form.

    It is still a good idea to write a brief note in your cover letter or further information section of the form, to indicate that, as you are over 65, you are...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 01:24 PM. Reason: fixed broken link https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/968974/koll-v27.0ext.pdf

  • Speeding fines and awareness courses

    You must declare speeding fines. They are a punishment for the criminal offence of speeding.

    If you don't know the date, make a rough guess of the year. Use your cover letter to set out any explanation you want to give such as you can't remember the precise date etc.

    Generally, speeding fines will not lead to a refusal of naturalisation.

    The guidance states that fixed penalty notices (such as speeding or parking tickets) must be disclosed,...
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  • Ceremony transfers

    If your local council’s next appointment is a long way away, you can transfer your ceremony to another location.


    Contact the nationality team:


    nationalityenquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk

    FurtherNationalityEnquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk

    CT3CaseworkEnquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk

    citizenship.support@homeoffice.gov.uk

    Further Nationality Enquiries contact...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 11:10 AM. Reason: checked tel number

  • Missing documents

    Missing documents

    In most cases, documents are returned with the approval letter. In the unlikely event that they are not returned, here are some steps to take to get the documents back:
    1. Contact the Home Office via this general email address: citizenship.support@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.
    2. Request documents via return of documents online form (take note of the record number): https://eforms.homeoffice.gov.uk/outreach/Return_of_Documents.ofml
    3. If documents have not been returned after 10 days, chase up via documents
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 29-09-2021, 11:16 AM. Reason: fixed broken links to forms

  • Mistakes on Naturalisation or Registration Certificate

    Mistakes on Naturalisation or Registration Certificate

    If you find a typo or spelling mistake on your Naturalisation or Registration Certificate, you should use this online form to have it corrected: Correct a registration or naturalisation certificate - GOV.UK
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  • Family applications and dependants

    Family applications

    You can include family members in your application. Once you start your form, you get the option to add spouses, children and siblings to the form.

    However, each individual will be assessed against the statutory requirements in their own right.



    The fees are the same as for individual applications, there are no savings nor discounts for applying together as a family.

    The main advantage...
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    Last edited by ClaudLatina; 01-10-2021, 10:55 AM. Reason: checked

  • Working without WRS (A8 nationals only)

    The extension of the WRS from the 1st of May 2009 till 30 April 2011 has been ruled unlawful, as noted here: Supreme Court rules WRS extension unlawful.

    As the requirement ended over 10 years ago, this is no longer an issue for nationals of A8 countries applying for citizenship.

    A8 nationals are citizens of the following countries:
    • Czech Republic
    • Estonia
    • Hungary
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Poland
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
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