Providing honest and affordable advice, representation, and legal services to clients nationwide.
The Immigration Solicitors at Hadi Law can provide friendly, fast, trustworthy legal advice and representation concerning British Citizenship. Thousands of clients have benefited from our expert advice over the past decade, especially those whose British Citizenship applications have been refused.
“Everyone was really helpful. It was such a smooth and professional service. I highly recommend this process to anyone thinking of using this team.”
We are 100% committed to providing clients with an honest assessment of their chances of succeeding in obtaining British Citizenship. We will take the time to listen to your situation and if applying for British Citizenship or challenging a refusal is not the right route for you, we will suggest alternatives.
Please call us for an initial consultation on 01772 447000 or request a callback.
Am I eligible for British Citizenship?
There are several ways to become a British Citizen if you were not born in the UK. The most common route is through naturalisation. To qualify you must:
Be over 18 years old.
Have held Indefinite Leave to Remain or Settled Status for at least 12 months.
Have lived in the UK for at least five years prior to your date of application and have spent no more than 450 days outside of the UK during these five years. In addition, you cannot have spent more than 90 days outside of the UK in the 12 months prior to your application.
Be of ‘good character’.
Pass the English language and Life in the UK tests.
Do I automatically become naturalised if I marry a British Citizen?
Unfortunately, no. You will normally have had to been in the UK on a Spouse Visa for at least three years before you can apply for naturalisation.
What is meant by ‘good character’?
To meet the ‘good character’ requirement you must have obeyed UK criminal and immigration laws during your time in the UK. If you have been convicted of a crime it does not necessarily mean that you are ineligible for British Citizenship, however, it may be more difficult to obtain.
If you have been convicted of a serious crime and have spent four or more years in prison, your British Citizenship application will be refused. Likewise if you have been found guilty of committing an immigration offence in the previous ten years before making your application , or entered the UK illegally.
If you have served a custodial sentence of between 12 months and four years your citizenship application may be refused unless at least 15 years have passed since you were released from prison.
Our Immigration Law Solicitors can advise you on the impact your criminal convictions may have on your British Citizenship application. We do not judge our clients, the only concern we have is providing you with the legal advice you require to move forward.
How long does it take to process a British Citizenship application?
UK Visas and Immigration are normally able to process applications within six months. However, if you do not submit all the required supporting documents or make a mistake on the application form, it will take considerably longer. One of the advantages of instructing one of our team to assist you with your citizenship application is that we will ensure that every element of your submission is correct.
Hadi Law Solicitors have helped thousands of clients across England and Wales. We are committed to providing you with honest and affordable advice, representation, and legal services. We care about achieving the results you want and can provide the expert immigration law advice you need to obtain British Citizenship.
“Hadi law Solicitors are great professionals, they are really experienced and informative. Especially Katie and Sana they have been showing support since the start. Really impressed with the customer service. Will be using them for the future.”
For further information speak to us on 01772 447000 or reach out to us on our 7 day a week WhatsApp helpline07869760533.