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Immigration and naturalisation services


Immigration and naturalisation services are sought throughout the UK for those who originate from a country outside of the UK and who wish to gain citizenship in Britain. Immigration is a hotly debated topic in Parliament and amongst the public, with feelings that either immigration should be restricted further or, conversely, that it should be easier for people to reside and work in Britain.

Whatever the political views behind immigration, immigration law is strict and those who do not comply with the rules may not be granted the right to stay and reside in the UK. The immigration and naturalisation services that are available will also depend on what country a person originates from as well as where their spouse originates from, as this may affect the timescale of applying for naturalisation.

Once a person has immigrated to the UK they can apply for naturalisation after six years, or three years if their spouse is a UK citizen. Becoming naturalised will also depend on good character, an ability to speak English (or another UK dialect such as Welsh), a clean criminal record, employment and remaining in the UK for a certain time period prior to obtaining citizenship. Those fluent-enough in English will also have to take a test called ‘Life in the UK’ as part of their citizenship requirements.

Making applications to immigration and naturalisation services can be daunting and often requires a lot of paperwork and time. If English is not your first language, translating these documents can also cause unnecessary delays and confusion. Talking to a specialist immigration and naturalisation adviser who can assist you on all your queries about living and staying in the UK will alleviate the pressures of the immigration process. There are many local immigration and naturalisation services and legal advisers across the UK who are ready to help.

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


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