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Does marrying a British citizen make you a British citizen?

Marriage to a British citizen does not automatically grant a non-UK spouse British citizenship. British citizenship can only be obtained through a process of naturalisation.

How long do I need to live in the UK before I am entitled to naturalise as a British citizen?

Once you have lived in the UK as the spouse of a British citizen for five years, and obtained UK settlement status you can apply for British citizenship if you are married to a British citizen. This is different to the rule for those who are not married to British citizens, who must hold UK indefinite leave to remain or settled status for 12 months before they can actually apply for naturalisation. In addition, you must meet all the requirements for British citizenship through marriage.

What are the eligibility requirements for British citizenship by marriage?

To apply for British citizenship by marriage through the process of naturalisation you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen
  • Be of sound mind
  • Be of good character
  • Be able to communicate in English and have sufficient knowledge about life in the UK
Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 3 years before you apply and meet the residence requirements.

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If you have any questions about the process or would like to apply for British citizenship by marriage please contact Danielle or call on 020 7267 4133. Danielle will only charge you for the first consultation if you decide to become her client and if she can assist you.

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