Naturalisation is the legal process by which a person with no automatic claim to British citizenship can become a British citizen, and by doing so can and obtain the same rights and privileges as someone who was born a British citizen.
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UK Naturalisation - Requirements for a Successful Application
All applicants for naturalisation, including those applying to naturalise on the basis of marriage, must show 'sufficient knowledge about life in the UK. They must meet an English language test and be of good character. Those making non-spouse applications must intend to live in the UK.
Naturalisation applications are made to the Border and Immigration Agency.
Anyone over the age of 18 years, who wishes to acquire British Citizenship, whether by registration or naturalisation, will do so at a public ceremony. They are required to take the Oath of Allegiance or pledge. There is time limit within which the ceremony must be attended.
In exceptional circumstances an exemption may be made in respect of any or all of the following:
- the requirement to attend a citizenship ceremony
- the requirement to make an oath of allegiance and pledge
- the time limit for attending a ceremony
Naturalisation is a discretionary power. There is no automatic right of appeal against a refusal of naturalisation, however there sometimes opportunity to challenge a refusal by judicial review.
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