British Citizenship by Automatic Acquistion

This route can be complex and there are strict  requirements that need to be met with proof that does not leave cause for reasonable doubt. 

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Claiming British Citizenship through automatic acquisition is dependent on a variety of factors and is often a long, complex process. Documentation showing proof through generations and in different countries or British territories is often required. As there are so many different requirements to consider and unique factors that may come in to play, we recommend that you get in touch with an immigration lawyer to assist you with the process as they understand the legislation to a greater extent. 

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Although citizenship applications can be complex, our experienced immigration specialists understand the processes, the legal requirements and the issues. Herrington Carmichael will support you every step of the way, taking the time to understand your unique situation and acting accordingly and timeously. 

British Citizenship by Automatic Acquistion FAQs

What are the requirements for citizenship through naturalisation?

You can be eligible through this route in a variety of ways, including: 

  • being born in the UK when a parent is a British citizen or has settled status
  • born outside the UK to parent who is a British citizen
  • adoption by a British citizen
  • Born in a former British territory
  • If parents were British overseas territory nationals
  • Born before 1 January 1983
  • Born on or after 1 January 1983 in the UK or qualifying territory
  • Children of EEA nationals and family members
  • Adoption or parental order
  • Born on or after 1 January 1983 outside the UK or qualifying territory

You will need to provide evidence of your claim.

How long does it take to get a decision? 

You should get a decision on your status within 6 months of submitting the application. Please note, these timeframes are a guideline, and some applications do take longer to receive a decision.

Can my family/dependants apply?

Your spouse, partner and other dependants will need their own application if they meet the requirements. 

Do I need to redo my biometric information?

Yes. You will need to make an appointment to give your fingerprints and have a photograph taken. This will be stipulated during your application process. There is no fee for this. 

Your appointment will be made at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point. 

Will I need to pay the IHS surcharge?

No. You will not need to pay the healthcare surcharge.

Will I need to attend a citizenship ceremony?

Yes. If your application is successful, you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony. You will receive information about where and when upon success. 

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