Naturalisation – British Citizenship

British citizenship is one of the six different forms of British nationality. Some of these were defined in the British Nationality Act 1981, which came into force on 1 January 1983.

The forms of nationality are:

Only British citizens, and certain British subjects with right of abode through qualifying connections under the Immigration Act 1971, have the right to live and work in the UK. People holding one of the other forms of nationality may live and work in the UK if their immigration status allows it.


If you are over 18 and have been living in the United Kingdom for the last five years (or three years if you are married to or a civil partner of a British citizen) you may be able to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen. You may also be able to apply for naturalisation if you or your husband, wife or civil partner is in crown or designated service outside the United Kingdom.
There are seven requirements you need to meet before you apply:

You must meet the residential requirements (see below). Residential requirements

To demonstrate the residential requirements for naturalisation, you must have:
Or if you are the husbsand, wife or civil partner of a British Citizen you must meet the residential requirement below:
Right of abode

This is the right to live permanently in the UK without any immigration restrictions. It means you do not need an immigration officer’s permission to enter the country, and can live and work here without restriction. All British citizens have the right of abode in the UK. Some Commonwealth citizens also have the right of abode.

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