You can apply for naturalisation as a British Citizen if you are a member or ex-member of British Armed Forces. The application is made using application form AN. The requirements to be satisfied for naturalisation as a British Citizen by a member or ex-member of British Armed Forces include the following:

  • The applicant should be fee of immigration time restrictions on the date the application for naturalisation as a British Citizen is made to the Home Office, UKVI;
  • The applicant must have lived in the UK continuously for 5 years preceding the date of application for naturalisation as British Citizen
  • The applicant should meet the good character requirement the same way as all other applicants for naturalisation are required to meet;
  • The applicant must meet the requirement of Knowledge of Life in the UK and the English Language.

Residence Criteria For Currently Serving Members Of The Brigade Of Ghurkhas

If, at the time of consideration, the applicant is currently serving in the Brigade of Gurkhas, the Home Office, UKVI should:

  • calculate the number of days’ technical absence in the qualifying period and exclude this from the residence count;
  • combine technical absences with actual absences to obtain the total number of days’ absence during the qualifying period;
  • apply the normal levels of permitted absence (i.e. 450/270/90 days) and not waive any excess absence

Residence Criteria For Former Armed Forces Personnel (Including Former Ghurkhas) And Those Currently Serving Otherwise Than In The Brigade Of Ghurkhas

There is discretion within the British Nationality Act 1981 to overlook the requirement to have been in the UK on the first day of the 5 year qualifying period for a 6(1) application, if the applicant is or has been a member of the Armed Forces.

The Home Office, UKVI should normally exercise discretion where:

  • The applicant was a member of the UK armed forces on the first day of the 5 year qualifying period, and
  • He or she was unable to be physically present on that date because of his or her service in the armed forces, and
  • He or she meets all the other requirements for section 6(1).

In these cases, the Home Office, UKVI should exercise discretion under paragraph 2(b) of Schedule 1 to the BNA 1981 and treat any "technical" absences during the qualifying period as residence. In addition, the Home Office, UKVI should, if necessary, be prepared to disregard any and all actual absences from the UK that were due to the applicant’s armed forces service.

Requirement Of Being Free From Immigration Control

While in the armed services, applicants are exempt from immigration control and therefore free of immigration time restrictions. Applicants will have been free of immigration time restrictions throughout their period of service. In many cases, former armed services personnel will have been granted ILR on discharge and will meet the requirement to have been free of immigration time restrictions in the 12 months prior to the date of application.

In some cases the former armed forces member will have been granted 28 days limited leave on discharge, before being granted indefinite leave to remain. In such cases the Home Office, UKVI should exercise discretion over the requirement to be free of immigration time restrictions in the 12 month period before making the application. The Home Office, UKVI does not normally exercise discretion in this way if the former armed forces member had been granted a longer period of limited leave on other grounds.

Spouses/civil partners and children

Spouses/civil partners and children of servicemen are not exempt from immigration control while residing in the UK. Instead, they are generally given leave to remain as long as their spouse/civil partner is in service. While they still have limited leave to remain, neither spouses/civil partners nor children will be able to meet the criteria to be free of immigration time restrictions (spouse/civil partner) or future intentions (children), and their applications can be refused if you have not held ILR for last 12 months.

The spouses/civil partner of servicemen exempt from immigration control, too, may have high levels of absences either because they have been accompanying their spouse/civil partner while overseas or because they have not been able to accompany him while he is in the UK. The Home Office can exercise discretion to disregard any absences which are due to the service abroad the same way as such discretion is exercised for the servicemen.

Any child born legitimately in the UK to a parent who is in HM armed forces is automatically a British citizen. Where a child is not already a British citizen, the Home Office, UKVI should consider the application in line with the parents and be prepared to waive the criterion for children over 13 years of age to have completed two years' residence in the UK.

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For Naturalisation As A British Citizen?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for naturalisation as British Citizen. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

How We Can Help With Your Application For Naturalisation As A British Citizen?

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in London, Manchester and Birmingham can represent you in your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen and carry out all the work on your application until decision on your application is recieved from the Home Office UKVI. As part of our professional legal services in relation to your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen, our expert team of immigration solicitors will carry out the following immigration casework:

  • We will assess your eligibility for naturalisation as a British Citizen by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history;
  • We will advise  you on the chances of success in your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen and would draw your attention to any weaknesses in your application;
  • We will advise you on the list of documents to be submitted in support of your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • We will assess all the supporting documents to ensure that the documents you provide duly satisfy the Home Office UKVI requirements for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • We will complete application form AN online, submit the same online, help you pay the Home Office UKVI fee for naturalisation as a British Citizen and schedule your appointment with the UKVCAS appointment centre for enrolment of your biometrics;
  • We will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the application explaining in detail your eligibility for naturalisation as a British Citizen by referring to all the relevant information, documents, laws and requirements;
  • We will upload all the supporting documents online to be considered in support of the application including our cover letter prepared to suppport your application;
  • We will carry out all the work on your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI on your application.

Our Fixed Fee For An Application For Naturalisation As A British Citizen

Service Type Our Fixed Fee
in-person service whereby the applicant will attend our office to give instructions and provide evidence in support of the his/her application From £600 + VAT
remote service (via emails, phone or skype etc) whereby the applicant will not be required to attend our office for instructions and evidence in support of his/her application From £800 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your Naturalisation application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for naturalisation application, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the Naturalisation application.

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