Find out if you qualify for a British passport
Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is the status of permanent residency for non-EU nationals in the UK. It is possible for a person holding ILR to naturalise in the UK as a British citizen.
The requirements to be met are dependent on two factors:
- Are you married to a British citizen?
- Are you not married to a British citizen?
In both cases, the following criteria apply:
- You must be over 18 years old
- You must be of good character (see below)
- You must pass the “Life in the UK” Test*
- You must have sufficient knowledge of the English language*
- You must have an intention to live in the UK
* An applicant over the age of 65 is not subject to meeting this criteria
Applicants not married to a British citizen
The requirements for naturalisation if you are not married to a British citizen are slightly different to those set out above.
An applicant must:
- Have held ILR for at least the last 12 months
- Have been in the UK for the last five years
- Have been present in the UK on the date five years prior to the application being received by the Nationality Directorate
- Not have been outside the UK for more than 450 days during those 5 years*
- Not have been outside the UK for more than 90 days in the 12 months before your application*
* Exceptions can apply based on individual circumstances to allow further time away outside of the UK
Conditions for naturalisation in the UK
Once your naturalisation application is approved, you will be invited to attend a British citizenship ceremony. This ceremony can only take place in your local council area in the UK. Once you have done this, you will be eligible to submit an application for a British passport.