British Citizenship provides an individual with the right to live and work in the UK permanently without any restrictions. British citizenship can be obtained automatically by birth, by registering as a British citizen by entitlement/discretion or by naturalisation after obtaining indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
In order to be eligible to naturalise as a British Citizen, the applicant must normally satisfy a range of criteria including immigration status, length of residence in the UK, future intentions, knowledge of the English language and life in the UK as well as good character. The applicants would need to satisfy the following general criteria.
If the applicant is the spouse of a British citizen at the time of application, then they can apply immediately after obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain and slightly different rules apply as summarised below.
This route is for those qualified either by way of entitlement or on a discretionary basis to apply for British Citizenship by registration. In order to be eligible to register as a British Citizen, the applicant may qualify in a number of permitted categories, the most common route being children under the age of 18 applying for registration. Children cannot apply to ‘naturalise’, but instead must apply to ‘register’ as British citizens.
In order to be eligible to register as a British Citizen by the way of entitlement, the child must satisfy one of the following requirements.
The Home Office may also register a child under the discretion and grant British citizenship. The applications are decided on individual merits and normally consider the child’s future intentions, the citizenship and immigration status of the child’s parents, the length of the child’s residence in the UK, whether or not the child is settled, parental consent and what is in the child’s best interests. The good character requirement applies to both types of registration and a high threshold applies to the discretionary registrations.
The child would need to make an application under MN1 form or Form T for registration and pay the required fees & complete the process.
This route is for those children born in the UK and has remained stateless to apply for British citizenship by registration. ‘Stateless person’ means someone who is not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law.
In order to be eligible to register as a British Citizen, the stateless child must satisfy the following requirements.
The Schedule 2 of the British Nationality Act 1981 provides the statutory confirmation that a person who is stateless can be registered as a British Citizen if they meet the above conditions. In addition to this, in the case of MK (India) Statelessness EWHC  1365 (Admin), the high court has reaffirmed this position. The court also confirmed that the fact that a child can apply for ‘Indian citizenship’ is irrelevant. The applicant is expected to provide evidence that they are not national of any other country in order to ensure statutory evidence requirements are met.
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting clients on obtaining British Citizenship. We carefully assess each of our client’s circumstances to ensure that the eligibility requirements are met & identify any potential issues with the application. We are a multi-award-winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to providing clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.