Many people have their application for British citizenship delayed or even refused because they submit the wrong documentations.
You first need to understand that submission of the wrong information to an official institution might be considered misinformation.
Providing misinformation to public institution might be considered fraud that could get you ban from reapplying for British citizenship for up to ten years.
This is why it is very essential that you ensure you provide the right information when applying for your British citizenship.
British citizenship application is a straight forward process if you meet all of the criterion for application.
The criterion for application are as follows:
Criterion for British citizenship application:
To apply for British citizenship you:
- Must be 18 years or over and have been a resident in the UK for at least three years.
- Must hold a, Indefinite Leave to Remain or be married to a British citizen
- Must not have spent more than 270 days outside the UK in three years and no more than 90 days in 12 months prior to your application
- Must have a reasonable command of English
- Must have been in the UK for five or more years and:
- Hold an Indefinite Leave to Remain and/or be married to a British citizen
- Hold an Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK for 12 months prior to application
- Hold a British Marriage Visa or Unmarried Partner Visa (De Facto) for two years prior to application
- Must not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK in last five years and no more than 90 days in 2 months prior to application
- Must have reasonable command of English
Documents to submit for British citizenship
You are required to provide any of the below documents as evidence of your identity:
- Nationality identity card
- Home Office travel document
- Home Office entitlement card
- Home Office application registration card
- Immigration status document
- Residence Permit
Evidence of knowledge of English and of life in the UK
You should provide evidence of your knowledge of English and life in the UK.
The following are the documents accepted as evidence:
- Certificate of progression from one English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) level to another, with a letter from the college confirming that you completed an ESOL with citizenship course
- Letter confirming that you have passed the ‘Life in the UK’ test, stamped and signed by the test supervisor
If your application is on the basis of residence in the UK, you need to provide evidence of lawful residence during the residential qualifying period.
Evidence that you are free from immigration time restrictions
If your application is based upon the fact that you are free from immigration time restrictions, you should provide:
- Passport showing permission to remain in the UK permanently
- Home Office letter giving you permission to remain in the UK permanently
Evidence required from European Economic Area and Swiss nationals
As an EU or Swiss citizen, you are required to provide either of the following documentations:
- Nationality identity card
Evidence of exercising treaty rights for 5 years
If you are applying based upon treaty rights, you are required to provide any of the following evidence to cover the relevant 5-year period:
- P60 tax certificates
- Employer’s letter confirming employment
- Benefits letter confirming job seekers’ allowance claimed
- Benefits letter confirming incapacity benefit claimed
- Documentary evidence confirming pension received
- A copy of your workers registration scheme certificate (if you are registered)
Self-employed or businessperson
A self-employed or businessperson has to provide evidence from HM Revenue & Customs confirming that they have paid tax over the relevant period.
If you do not pay tax through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) arrangements, you should provide the most recent HM Revenue & Customs self-assessment statement of account.
Student needs to provide:
A letter from the educational institution confirming that they were enrolled on a course of study throughout the qualifying period and evidence that they have comprehensive sickness insurance cover for they and their accompanying family members.
A self-sufficient person should provide:
Bank statements covering the qualifying period to show evidence of funds and evidence that they have comprehensive sickness insurance cover for they and their accompanying family members.
Applications on the basis of marriage or civil partnership to a British citizen
If your application is on the basis of marriage or civil partnership to a British citizen, you should provide:
Your partner’s passport or birth certificate; and your marriage or civil partnership certificate.
Applications on the basis of Crown service or of marriage to a British citizen in Crown or designated service
If your applications is on the basis of Crown service or of marriage to a British citizen in Crown or designated service, you should provide a letter from the relevant employer confirming:
Date and place of recruitment and the position held and the extent to which it would be in the employer’s interest for the application to be granted.
Every application should be endorsed by two references.
***For more details about supporting documents to submit for British citizenship application, please visit: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/applying/applicationtypes/naturalisation/supportingdocuments/
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