If you’re married to a British citizen, you may be wondering whether you could become a British citizen yourself. In theory, the answer is yes. But you will have to fulfil the necessary requirements, submit documentation, and pass the British citizenship test, “Life in the UK.” Don’t worry. it sounds more complicated than it really is. You just need to read this article carefully and follow the instructions.
To apply you must be over 18 and be either married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen. You must also have lived in the Uk legally for at least three years before the date of your application.
Apart from the basic requirements mentioned above, you will also need to:
If you fulfil the requirements, you can apply for the UK citizenship in two ways:
As part of the application process, you will also have to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your fingerprints and let them take a passport photo of you. When you make the appointment you will be given the choice of uploading the evidence yourself from home, or paying a fee to have them scan the documents for your.
Once you apply, you must await the Home Office reply. If your application is successful, you’ll need to attend a citizenship ceremony within 3 months of getting a response. At the ceremony, you’ll make an oath of allegiance and a pledge and receive your certificate of British citizenship.
You’ll be asked to cut your biometric residence permit (BRP) into 4 pieces and send it back to the Home Office in a windowless envelope to this address:
You should include a note stating your name, date of birth, your document number (found on the front of the card), and the reason why you’re returning your permit (because you’ve become a citizen). You must do this within 5 working days of getting your certificate of British citizenship. You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not return your permit within the time limit.
To get citizenship by marriage you must pay a £1,330 fee. You will also need to factor in £19.20 for the appointment at UKVAS, and £50 for the “Life in the Uk” test. If you need to prove your Level of English, you will have to pay around £150 for a test. You can expect to get a decision on your application within 6 months of submission.
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