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Immigration and citizenship


Immigration into the UK is increasingly common as many foreign nationals wish to work, live or study in the country. Whilst much of the immigrating population look to stay in Britain on a temporary basis, there are also a number of people who immigrate to the UK with the intention of being granted indefinite leave to remain. Becoming naturalised in the UK gives a foreign national all the rights conferred upon those born in Britain, such as the right to vote.

Foreign nationals must reside in the UK for a certain amount of time before the naturalisation process can begin; typically this is six years after immigration citizenship exams, which test knowledge on British way of life and important events in the UK, should be taken. However, for those who have a British spouse, the naturalisation process is shortened to three years of living in the UK.

Under the laws of immigration, citizenship is only granted with precaution. Not only are foreign nationals required to take citizenship tests but they must also prove an ability to speak English, prove that a UK corporation or association employs them and that they are of good character. There are also restrictions on how much time foreign nationals can spend abroad within their six years of living in the UK, which is again different for those married to a British citizen. Any offences committed in the UK within the foreign national’s residence in Britain will affect their rights to apply for citizenship.

Immigration into the UK is strict and anyone found not in compliance with the rules could face deportation and may be prevented from residing or even entering the UK again. To avoid legal pitfalls when applying for immigration citizenship it is wise to consult expert legal advice to assist you on how to become naturalised in the UK.

If you would like to obtain legal advice or information on immigration citizenship then Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist immigration solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local immigration solicitors please call us on 0800 433 4846 or complete the web-form above.


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