HOME OFFICE LATEST GUIDANCE FOR BRITISH CITIZENSHIP, PUBLISHED ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2020.
In this blog we will be talking about another guidance published by the UK Home Office on British Citizenship applications for EU nationals
On 30 September 2020, the UK Home Office reorganised its guidance on the good character requirement for British citizenship applications by way of naturalisation under Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981. The latest advice by the Home Office further increases on the good character obligation making it difficult for EU nationals to make a successful application. Currently, the UK Home Office will inspect for an Applicants’s immigration history for the last 10 years making sure they had legal status in the UK throughout that phase.
Possession British citizenship: What does it mean?
If you are a British citizen you have lawful status as a Citizen of the United Kingdom under the British Nationality Act 1981. You can work and reside in the UK with no limitations and you are released UK immigration control. British nationals are free to vote and utilize the welfare system.
EU nationals applying for British citizenship – How is it possible?
EU nationals can apply for British citizenship by way of a process known as naturalisation. A naturalisation application should be made in line with the requirements of Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981. If you desire to apply for British citizenship as an EU citizen you should meet the obligations, which are:
- Applicants should possess an EEA Permanent Status or EEA Settled Status;
- Applicants should be healthy and have good character (we will discuss more about it in the next blog update);
- Applicants should anticipate on making the UK their major place of home and must be able to demonstrate some personal bonds and networks to the UK;
- Applicants should have adequate knowledge of English Language & satisfactory information of life in the UK; and
- Applicants should fulfil the residency obligations and should not have non-appearance from the UK beyond 450 days in the qualifying period.
The importance to making a successful British citizenship application is to comprehend what the obligations and regulations are and what credentials or documents you need to submit in support of your naturalization application. If you don’t meet any of the obligations or unable to submit the obligatory documents your British Citizenship application will be rejected automatically.