Joint Application for British Citizenship 

by | Mar 14, 2023 | British Citizenship, Naturalisation

In this post, we explore the topic of joint applications for British citizenship. Becoming a British citizen can be a long and complicated process, requiring applicants to meet specific eligibility criteria and provide extensive documentation. However, for family members who wish to become British citizens, there is an option to apply together as a unit, which can offer some unique benefits.

A joint application for British citizenship by Naturalisation can be made by family members who meet the eligibility criteria, which includes having lived in the UK for a certain period of time, meeting the English language requirements, and passing the Life in the UK test. The process of applying jointly is similar to applying individually, but there are some advantages to applying as a family unit.

Benefits of applying for joint British citizenship

A joint British citizenship application allows couples or families to apply for citizenship together, making the process more streamlined and efficient. Instead of submitting separate applications and documentation, a joint application can be submitted with all the required information for everyone included in the application. This can save time and hassle, especially if you apply for citizenship as a family unit. 

The main benefit of a joint application is that you become British citizens simultaneously, making applying for passports easier. Many of the costs associated with the application process, such as application fees, language tests, and biometric appointments, are the same regardless of whether you apply individually or as a group.

On the other hand, there may be situations where it is advantageous to apply separately for British citizenship. This is particularly true when one applicant’s eligibility is considered to be more risky or uncertain than the other. 

In such cases, it may be preferable to apply for citizenship for one individual and subsequently submit an application for their spouse as a family member of a British citizen. This approach may be a preferred choice for those who doubt their eligibility for citizenship. 

If you’re unsure about your eligibility for joint British citizenship, it may be beneficial to consider alternative options. Applying for citizenship for one individual first and then submitting an application for a spouse as a family member of a British citizen can be a viable option. However, it’s crucial to avoid common mistakes in the process, which could result in delays or even refusal. 

Eligibility criteria for British citizenship

Each joint applicant must meet the requirements for Naturalisation as a British Citizen are set out in law under section 6 (1) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Each applicant must:

  • Be over 18 at the date of application
  • Meet the residence requirements by havings lived in the UK for five years
  • Have not been absent from the UK for more than 450 days during the five years
  • Have not been absent from the UK for more than 90 days during the 12 months leading up to the application
  • Prove your knowledge of English, Welsh, or Scottish Gaelic
  • Have sufficient knowledge of Life in the UK by passing the Life in the UK test
  • Illustrate good character, meaning that you have not broken any UK laws
  • Be of sound mind
  • During the last 12 months of the five years of your stay in the United Kingdom, you must have held permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain.
  • Intend to make the UK your permanent home.

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Frequently asked questions 

Can you apply for British citizenship if your spouse is British?

If you are married to a British citizen, you can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation, where the residential qualifying period is three years.  

Can husband and wife apply for British citizenship together?

Yes, you can apply for British citizenship by submitting a joint application. 

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