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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Court of Appeal upholds deprivation of citizenship decision

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision made the Home Secretary to deprive a person of their British citizenship on the basis that it was obtained by dishonest concealment of a material fact. Namely, that the appellant did not disclose what appeared ...

12th October 2023 By

Tribunal must consider Home Office decisions in full even when not explicitly relied on by representative

Can a judge ignore part of a Home Office decision if their representative doesn’t mention it in court? No, said the Court of Appeal in Shyti v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2023] EWCA Civ 770. The case The appellant, Mr Shyti, was chal ...

10th July 2023 By

New law confirms British citizenship for children of EU citizens born in UK before 2 October 2000

The British Nationality (Regularisation of Past Practice) Act 2023 came into force on 29 June 2023. It inserts a new section 50B into the British Nationality Act 1981. Section 50B definitively and retrospectively confirms the British nationality statu ...

6th July 2023 By

How did the citizenship and immigration status of the Windrush generation change over time?

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the disembarking of the passengers on board the ship the HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks on 22 June 1948. Even now, five years after the Windrush scandal broke, many well-informed and well-intentioned journalis ...

22nd June 2023 By

Upper Tribunal provides guidance on correct approach in deprivation of citizenship appeals

The Upper Tribunal has given guidance on the correct approach in deprivation appeals. The headnote to this case, Chimi (deprivation appeals; scope and evidence) Cameroon [2023] UKUT 00115 (IAC), says: Background Ms Chimi was born in September 1977 in ...

22nd May 2023 By

It is time for a new British Citizenship Act for the post-Brexit era

We live in what some have called ‘multi-status Britain’, a country in which discrimination is baked into a social, economic and racial hierarchy based on different forms of legal status. With British citizenship, other forms of British nat ...

17th April 2023 By
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