(This article was updated on 23/07/2020)
For understanding British Citizenship, it is important to understand the concept of British nationality first.
There are 6 different types of British Nationalities. They are listed as follows;
- British Citizenship:
- British Overseas Territories Citizen
- British Overseas Citizen
- British Subject
- British national (overseas)
- British Protected Person
Individuals belonging to each of the above categories hold rights under British law. The manner in which one can attain any of the above depends on the person’s circumstances.
Out of the entire list above one can only apply to naturalize as a British national by naturalizing as a British citizen which would mean they have stayed in country for a minimum of 5 years. The process for the same can be lengthy having to start the process by entering the UK from one of the valid long term stay visas in the UK.
The process of naturalizing as a British citizen can be very briefly summarized in the following steps:
- Apply and attain a valid long term British Visa
(Tier 2 Work, Spouse Visa, Tier 2 Dependent visas, Tier 1 Entrepreneur, representative of overseas business)
- Apply and attain a Leave to Remain and further Indefinite Leave to remain
- Apply and attain citizenship.
Each of the stages above require a timescale dependent on the category of visa one has received Entry Clearance to the UK under.
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