EU citizens and British citizenship

Information for EU citizens considering applying for British citizenship

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Guide to naturalisation as a British citizen

8% of applications for naturalisation as a British citizens are rejected by the Home Office, without the fee being returned. These guides aim to inform people wishing to become British of common pitfalls in the process.

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Good character

Some recent posts addressing good character in citizenship applications

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Bad news for overstayers in latest hardening of British citizenship policy

A recent change in the Home Office’s good character policy for citizenship applications is set to have a significant impact on people with a history of overstaying. The department expressly states for the first time that any overstaying in the last ...

17th April 2019 By

The pathway to British citizenship for European nationals in the UK

As Brexit approaches, many European nationals in the UK are turning their attention to applications for British citizenship. Citizens of other countries who have been living in the UK for five years can apply to “naturalise” as British  ...

2nd April 2019 By

The Home Secretary can legally deprive Shamima Begum of her citizenship – but he shouldn’t

The UK government did not begin its deprivation of citizenship policy yesterday, when Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed an order stripping Shamima Begum of her British nationality. The deprivation of citizenship power has been increasingly used in rec ...

20th February 2019 By

Deprivation of citizenship and “ISIS bride” Shamima Begum

The controversial story of British teenager Shamima Begum has dominated the news in recent days. Shamima left the UK in February 2015 to travel to Syria at the age of 15. She was very recently found in a Syrian refugee camp, heavily pregnant, after sh ...

18th February 2019 By

Naturalising or registering as a British citizen: the good character requirement

Anybody over the age of ten who applies for registration or naturalisation as a British citizen needs to meet the so-called “good character requirement”. This is a mandatory requirement set out in the British Nationality Act 1981. Where a person i ...

8th February 2019 By

Official guidance on the good character citizenship test

The latest version of the Home Office’s Good character requirement guidance published on 14 January 2019 incorporates long-awaited new sections on children and refugees. There are also new sections on absolute and conditional discharges, detention a ...

28th January 2019 By