Naturalisation


Naturalisation is the most common way for adults who were not born British to become British. People who have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) can, subject to fulfilling residence requirements, apply to naturalise as British Citizens. It is necessary to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the language, and of life in the UK, and to be good character. This can be done by taking a test or undertaking a course of study. Naturalisation takes place at a public ceremony. Significant changes to the process whereby citizenship is to be acquired by naturalisation were created by the then UK government (the Labour government) in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009. The changes were not implemented however and it was announced that they would not become law until July of 2011. However the Coalition government was elected in May of 2010. The Coalition’s Secretary of State for the Home Department has since announced that these provisions will not now become law.