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In order to qualify for naturalisation as a British citizen applicant’s need to demonstrate that they:

Are aged 18 or over

Are of sound mind

You should have the mental capacity to make your own decisions including the step you are taking in applying for British nationality.

Are of good character

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they do not have any 'unspent' criminal convictions.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 contains details of the period it will take for an offence to become 'spent' ie ignored after a 'rehabilitation period' which is a set length of time from the date of conviction.

After this period, with certain exceptions, an ex-offender is not normally obliged to mention their conviction.

The length of the rehabilitation period depends on the sentence given and not the offence committed. For a custodial sentence, the length of time actually served is irrelevant: the rehabilitation period is decided by the original sentence.

As a general rule, the more serious the offence the longer it will take for it to become 'spent'. Custodial sentences of more than 2½ years can never become spent.

Intend to continue living in the UK

Are able to communicate in English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic to an acceptable degree and have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK

Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to speak English to the required standard and have passed the 'Life in the UK' test. If the 'Life in the UK' test was taken as part of an application for indefinite leave to remain there is no requirement to take the test again.

Meet the residential requirements

Applicants who are married to British nationals must demonstrate that they have been residing in the UK for 3 years and have held indefinite leave to remain for a minimum of 12 months.

Those applicant’s not married to British nationals must have lived in the UK for at least 5 years and have held indefinite leave to remain for a minimum of 12 months.

Taking an oath of allegiance at a Citizenship Ceremony

An applicant whose application for naturalisation as a British citizen is successful will be required to attend a Citizenship Ceremony and make an oath (or affirmation) of allegiance and a pledge as follows:

Oath of allegiance

I (name) swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her Heirs and Successors, according to law.

Affirmation of allegiance

I (name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her Heirs and Successors, according to law.

Pledge

I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.