British Citizenship by Marriage For Australians

Australia has strong cultural and historical ties to Britain, and there are currently around 400,000 Australians in the UK. You can live in the UK permanently as a British citizen, which is easier to obtain through marriage.

However, the application process is still strenuous. To get help when you apply for British citizenship by marriage, contact Total Law at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or visit us online.

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    Requirements for Marriage British Citizenship

    Before you can apply for UK citizenship, you will need to make sure you fulfil both the eligibility criteria and the required documents. These requirements are broken down in detail below.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Firstly, eligibility criteria are the personal circumstances and characteristics which you need to fulfil. These are listed below:

    • You are 18 or older.
    • You haven’t broken UK law and are, therefore, of “good character.”
    • You have been living in the UK for three years or more.
    • You have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or settled status.
    • You are fluent in English.
    • You have passed a Life in the UK test, also known as the citizenship test.
    • You are of a sound mind.

    There are also residency requirements within the three-year living period in the UK, which means your application will be invalid if any of the following apply:

    • You have been outside the UK for longer than 270 days during the qualifying period.
    • You have spent over 90 days in a different country within the year before you submit your forms.
    • You have broken UK immigration laws.

    The residency period of three years is shorter than the standard five years naturalisation period. However, you must prove you are legally married to a British citizen and came to the UK on a Spouse visa.

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      Required Documents

      Meeting the eligibility requirements above must be substantiated by the following documentation:

      • A marriage certificate.
      • Personal identification such as a passport.
      • Letter confirming success in the citizenship test.
      • Evidence you have English knowledge to B1 CEFR standard.
      • Evidence of Indefinite Leave to Remain through your passport of a Home Office letter.

      British Citizenship Application: Step-by-Step Guide

      Getting citizenship by marriage in the UK can be a challenging process. It has a lengthy application process, which is described in detail below:

      1. Complete the citizenship by naturalisation application form.
      2. Complete a Life in the UK test at an approved test centre.
      3. Book an appointment at your nearest UKVCAS service point.
      4. Gather your documentation. This can be submitted online or by visiting the UKVCAS service point.
      5. Pay the application and biometric fees and attend your appointment at the UKVCAS service point.

      Having completed this process, you will need to wait for a decision on your application. Should the application be approved, you will be given a certificate of British citizenship. With this certificate, you can apply for your first British passport.

      Once you have this certificate, you have to return your biometric residence permit to the Home Office within five working days. Should you fail to do this in time, you could be fined up to £1,000.

      Attending a British Citizenship Ceremony

      When you have got citizenship by marriage, you are required to attend a citizenship ceremony that formally acknowledges that you have become a British citizen.

      You must book the citizenship ceremony within three months of being awarded citizenship. You can attend a group ceremony with other new British citizens for £80, or you can spend more to get a private citizenship ceremony.

      The other way that you can have a ceremony for getting citizenship by marriage is if you are in a foreign country. In this case, you can request that the British embassy or consulate in that country hold the ceremony.

      Alongside its primary role as a legal formality, the ceremony can also be a great way to celebrate this significant milestone in your life with a loved one. You are invited to bring up to two guests with you for the occasion.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      British citizenship by marriage is the best way to make sure your new life in the UK with your spouse is permanent, giving you full access to the rights of being a British citizen. However, the application process is challenging, lengthy, and expensive.

      It is common to get help from immigration lawyers and advisers during the application process. Total Law has helped many applicants from around the world with their citizenship applications. We can help you to complete your application, gather documentation, prepare for tests and interviews, and leverage our connections in the Home Office to keep track of your application’s process.

      If you decide to get help with your citizenship by marriage application, please contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or visit us online.

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                FAQs

                The standard fee to apply online for UK citizenship by marriage is £1,300. On top of this, you will need to pay £19.20 for the collection of biometric information.

                Some applicants have to pay further fees to have their documentation translated into the English language or Welsh, but this is unlikely for applicants from Australia.

                The standard processing time for Australians’ applications for British citizenship is six months. However, this can take longer if the UKVI is struggling with a backlog.

                The process will also take longer if there are errors with your application, so make sure to submit all information properly so you don’t have to deal with delays.

                Having worked hard to obtain British nationality, it can be frustrating and stressful if your application is refused.

                Currently, there is no right of appeal to a British nationality application. However, you do have a few options if you think your application has been wrongfully rejected. These include the following:

                • Request a reconsideration if you think there has been an oversight. For example, if you think the caseworker didn’t take into account all of your documentation.
                • Submit a new application. Please note that you will have to pay the application fee again.

                Being of a sound mind means that you are able to understand the consequences of gaining British nationality and everything that entails. You must also have awareness of the steps you are taking to achieve British citizenship.

                There are occasionally exemptions to this requirement, which would allow the British spouse to make the application on behalf of the applicant. The immigration authorities may approve this application if they think it is in the applicant’s best interest.

                However, when the application is made, the British spouse will need to provide a letter that details their Australian partner’s mental condition and their legal position with regards to the applicant.