British Citizenship – Birth. Naturalization. Registration

British Citizenship

With a successful British Citizenship Application, you will be able to live and work in the UK without immigration restrictions and control.

At Edmans & Co, we see British Citizenship Applications on daily basis and our lawyers have extensive experience. You can continue reading this basic guide for information about eligibility and how you can make a successful citizenship application.

British Citizenship

Settled Status in the UK refers to the immigration status granted to eligible EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, as well as their family members, who were living in the UK before the end of the Brexit transition period (December 31, 2020). It allows individuals to continue living and working in the UK without any immigration restrictions. Settled Status is part of the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme, which was introduced to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members residing in the UK after Brexit. Once granted Settled Status, individuals are granted the right to stay indefinitely in the UK and enjoy various benefits and services.

Indefinite Leave to Remain

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK is an immigration status that grants an individual the right to live and work in the country without any time restrictions. ILR is also known as settlement or permanent residency. It allows individuals to stay in the UK for an indefinite period and provides them with a wide range of benefits, such as access to public funds, healthcare, and education.

A spouse visa in the UK, also known as a spouse visa / partner visa, is a type of visa that allows an individual to join their spouse or partner who is a British citizen or settled person in the UK. This visa category falls under the Family route of the UK immigration system.


First, you need to check if you are eligible to become a British Citizen. You must satisfy the following criteria:

  • 18 years old or older
  • No serious or recent criminal record
  • No breach of immigration laws or conditions in the UK
  • Satisfy English language requirements and the life in the UK test
  • Have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or a permanent residence in the UK as European Economic Area (EEA) national

Second, you need to check the ways in which you can become a British citizen and find the most suitable one to your personal circumstances. There are a variety of ways through which you can apply for British citizenship:

Naturalisation – this route is available for those who moved to the UK on a visa or are from the European Economic Area (EEA) if:

  • you have lived in the UK for the last 5 years you may be able to apply if you have had indefinite leave to remain for the last 12 months.
  • you are an EEA national and have had permanent residence status for the last 12 months.