When you obtain your Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, the next natural step in completing your migration process is obtaining British citizenship.
As someone in possession of an Indefinite Leave to Remain, you need to be aware that your Indefinite Leave to Remain can be cancelled at any time and you could be deported to your country of origin.
UK immigration laws and policies are constantly updated in line with the changing demographic, economic and political situation in the country.
There is currently a law in the UK that states if an immigrant commits an offence that results in prison sentence of more than twelve months, the immigrant is automatically deported at the end of their sentence.
And it does not matter if they had an Indefinite Leave to Remain.
This is why it is imperative you complete the process of your migration by obtaining your British citizenship.
As long as you remain a foreign national in the UK, it does not matter how long you have lived here; you are still considered and treated as a foreign national.
Criterion for British citizenship application:
To apply for British citizenship you:
- Must be 18 years or over and have been a resident in the British 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 the 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 the application
- Hold a British Marriage Visa or Unmarried Partner Visa (De Facto) for two years prior to the application
- Must not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK in last five years and no more than 90 days in 12 months prior to the application
- Must have reasonable command of English
The entire process of obtaining British citizenship might cost you £1500 including the ‘Life in the UK Test’. But the benefit is enormous in comparison to the cost.
- The freedom to travel anytime you feel like
- The opportunity to work in any EU country
- Your children automatically becoming British citizens
The chance to gain access to any opportunity to which a British citizen is entitled is priceless.
So take advantage of this opportunity and ensure you apply for your British citizenship when you are eligible to do so.
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