Guide to naturalisation as a British citizen

8% of applications for naturalisation as a British citizens are rejected by the Home Office, without the fee being returned. These guides aim to inform people wishing to become British of common pitfalls in the process.

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EU citizens and British citizenship

Information for EU citizens considering applying for British citizenship

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Good character

An applicant for naturalisation as a British citizen must prove they are "of good character". But what does this mean? In this eposts we explore different aspects of what lawyers call the "good character test".

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On this day 60 years ago, the first Commonwealth Immigrants Act came into effect

On 1 July 1962, sixty years ago today, the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962 came into effect. It is hard to overstate the importance of this landmark legislation. Aliens were already subject to a separate, full system of immigration control under the ...

1st July 2022 By

Children can now apply for a waiver of citizenship fees

Families who can’t afford British citizenship for their children can now get it for free. A new “citizenship fee waiver for individuals under 18” policy was published today. It allows under-18s to apply to have the £1,012 fee on app ...

26th May 2022 By

Deprivation of citizenship has legal effect even if later withdrawn

When the Home Office withdraws a decision to deprive someone of their British citizenship, does the person get their citizenship back (prospective) or was it never lost in the first place (retroactive)? This was the deceptively simple question that th ...

20th May 2022 By

Overturning a citizenship refusal based on character concerns is very difficult

Deciding whether someone is of good character in the context of a citizenship application is up to the Home Office. Getting that decision overturned in the courts is likely to be very difficult. This is what we learn from the Court of Appeal’s decis ...

7th April 2022 By

How the Chagossians won the right to register as British

When the Nationality and Borders Bill returns to the House of Lords later today, it will contain a registration provision allowing direct descendants of those born on the Chagos Islands to become British nationals. The Chagossians will be entitled to ...

4th April 2022 By

Home Office not required to help work out whether a child is British

Is the Home Office under a duty to provide information establishing a child’s nationality? This is the question considered by the Inner House of the Court of Session in AS v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] CSIH 16. Unfortunately, t ...

22nd March 2022 By