Oracle Solicitors boast a wealth of experience in immigration law and understand that it is an area that is constantly changing. We recommend that you contact us today should you have any questions at all about your immigration status.
We know the importance of finally settling in the UK by becoming a British citizen and that is why we offer quality advice and assistance to help you through the process.
Am I eligible for Naturalisation?
You can apply for British Nationality or Naturalisation under the British Nationality Act 1981. As a British citizen, you can live and work in the UK free from immigration controls.
Applications for British Citizenship can be made by individuals who are married to a British citizen, or by individuals who meet certain criteria for naturalisation.
Criteria for Naturalisation
There is a number if criteria which must be satisfied in full before your application will be approved, in brief
- Time spent in the UK
- Date when you were granted Indefinite Leave to Remain
- Have you passed Life in the UK test
- Can you satisfy English language requirement
- The total number of absences from the UK over the qualifying period
- Any criminal or civil matters which may disbar you
The application form is fairly straightforward but the information provided must be accurate and true or the application will be delayed or worse refused and in some cases action taken if UKVI alleges you have made a false statement or submitted a fake document.
Once approved, you will receive an invitation to attend a Citizenship ceremony which is usually local to where you live and at the ceremony you will receive your Certificate of Naturalisation.
Thereafter you are free to apply for a British passport which is usually processed within approximately six weeks.
We charge a fixed fee of £850.00 (+ VAT).
What services are included
- Considering documents
- Attending on the client
- Taking their instructions and providing advice
- Preparing and submitting the application
- Advising the client on timelines and the outcome of their application
- Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
- Giving you advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria.
- If you do not fulfil certain criteria, whether this can be overcome and how;
- Considering the supporting evidence you have provided, where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence (such as medical records and bank statements), including taking statements of any witnesses;
- Preparing your application and submitting it on your behalf;
- Attendance at a Home Office interview: if the Home Office ask you to attend an interview, we will give you clear advice (and discuss the possibility of us attending with you) at the appropriate time;
- Giving you advice about the outcome of the application and any further steps you need to take.
How long will my application take?
We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your application. Read the current processing times. We will normally be able to submit your application within 4 weeks of you instructing us, but we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this.