UK nationality brings a number of benefits, including unrestricted entry into the UK, free movement within the European Economic Area (EEA) and the right to vote in UK elections.
UK nationality can be granted at birth, through naturalization or registration.
To qualify for UK Nationality, applicants must meet specific requirements depending on their current citizenship or nationality.
To qualify for skilled migration, applicants must be able to satisfy the basic visa requirements related to an applicant's health and character.
To be naturalised as a UK citizen, applicants must meet the standard requirements for naturalisation, including a five (5) year residential requirement.
The standard requirements for naturalisation are that applicants must:
To be naturalised as the spouse or civil partner of a UK citizen, applicants must also meet the standard requirements for naturalisation, including a three (3) year residential requirement.
The residential requirements for naturalisation are that applicants must have:
Spouses and civil partners applying on the grounds of their partner's crown service are not required to meet the residential requirements (above) and must meet other specific requirements instead.
To register as a UK citizen, applicants will need to meet specific requirements depending on their current nationality and circumstance but must be:
All UK Citizenship applicants are required to demonstrate their knowledge of language (English, Gaelic or Welsh) and life in the UK, either by passing the "Life in the UK" test or passing an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course in English and Citizenship. Some UK Citizenship applicants will have already met this requirement when they applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
UK citizenship entitles the holder to extensive rights and responsibilities, including the entitlement to a UK passport, the right to stand and vote in local and national elections and the right to travel, reside and work within the UK and other European Economic Area member states.