British Citizenship Application & Requirements

Bangladeshi citizens can apply for British citizenship and settle permanently in the UK if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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    Obtaining British Citizenship: An Introduction

    Bangladeshi citizens can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if they meet the requirements. With British citizenship, you can live, work or study in the UK without restrictions.  You are also entitled to a UK passport. This means you do not need to apply for a  visa to enter the UK or its overseas territories.

    British citizens also enjoy many benefits, from government pensions to public funds and medical care. You can also vote and be voted for during elections.

    To obtain British citizenship, you have to meet certain requirements. One of the major requirements to meet is the residency requirement. You must have been living in the UK for some years before you can apply.

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    The Routes To British Citizenship

    Below are some of the routes to acquiring British citizenship:

    British Citizenship by Marriage

    Bangladeshi citizens married to or in a civil partnership with a UK citizen may be eligible for British nationality. To apply for citizenship through this naturalisation route, you must have lived in the UK for at least 3 consecutive years to apply via this route.

    Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Permanent Residency

    The ILR is another means of naturalising as a British citizen. Bangladeshi citizens can apply for British citizenship if they have held Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK for at least 1 continuous year.

    Renounced Citizenship

    You can apply to regain your citizenship if you had renounced it before due to gaining citizenship in another country that does not allow dual citizenship.

    Citizenship by Birth

    According to the British nationality law, being born in the UK does not confer British citizenship on you automatically. You will need to meet other criteria. If you were born in the UK and are under 18 before at least one parent became a UK citizen or permanent resident, you can register for citizenship.

    Bangladeshi citizens born in the UK and living there till their 10th birthday can also  register to get British nationality.

    Citizenship by Descent

    You can apply for British citizenship by descent if one or both of your parents are UK citizens and you were born outside the UK.

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      Requirements And Eligibility For Each British Citizenship Route

      Below are the requirements and eligibility criteria for each citizenship route:

      British Citizenship by Marriage

      To acquire British citizenship by marriage, you must:

      • Be at least 18 years old or above.
      • Prove that you have a genuine relationship with a British citizen and have not entered a sham marriage.
      • Have lived in the UK for at least 3 years. Upon application, you must prove that you were in the UK exactly 3 years before the date your application reached the Home Office.
      • Have been living in the UK for at least 5 years if you are in a civil partnership with a UK citizen. You’ll need to prove you were in the UK exactly 5 years before the date your application reached the Home Office.
      • Not have been absent from the UK for a consecutive 270 days within the 3 years you are expected to have been in the UK if you are married to a UK citizen.
      • Not have been absent from the UK for more than 450 days within the 5 years you are expected to have lived in the UK if you are in a civil partnership with a UK citizen.
      • Not have spent more than 90 days in the 1 year preceding your citizenship application.
      • Hold Indefinite Leave to Remain.
      • Prove you have sufficient knowledge of Welsh, Scottish Gaelic or English. You’ll need this to take the Life in the UK test.
      • Show that you passed the Life in the UK test.
      • Have referees that can attest to your good behaviour.
      • Not have been convicted of any criminal offence or broken any immigration rule within the 3 to 5 years of living in the UK.
      • Prove you have intentions to keep living in the UK after acquiring citizenship.

      Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

      To apply for citizenship through this route, you must:

      • Be at least 18 by the time you are submitting your application.
      • Have lived in the UK while holding ILR for at least 1 year.
      • Show that you were in the UK exactly 5 years before the date your application reached the Home Office.
      • Not have been absent from the UK for over 450 days within the 5 years in consideration.
      • Not have been absent in the UK for over 90 days in the 1 year preceding your application.
      • Show evidence that you can communicate adequately in English, Scottish Gaelic or Welsh.
      • Show that you have written and passed the Life in the UK test.
      • Have referees that can attest to your good behaviour. Note that these referees must be UK citizens of high standing in society. They must not be related to you or convicted of any criminal offence. They must also be at least 25.
      • Show that you have not committed any criminal offence or breached any immigration rule in the years you have spent in the UK.
      • Prove that you will keep living in the UK after getting British nationality.

      Citizenship by Birth

      If your birth in the UK does not automatically confer British citizenship, you can register as a citizen instead.

      To register as a UK national, you must:

      • Be under 18, with parents who acquired British citizenship or held Indefinite Leave to Remain after giving birth to you.
      • Be ready to comply with the laws of the UK if you are at least 10.
      • Be free of any juvenile convictions, terrorist, fiscal or traffic offences.
      • Not have been absent from the UK for over 90 days by the end of your 10th year.

      Citizenship by Descent

      To register for British citizenship by descent, you must:

      • Have at least one parent who is a British citizen at the time of your birth.
      • Be under 18.
      • Have lived with your parents in the UK for 3 consecutive years before applying.
      • Not have been absent from the UK for more than 270 days within the 3 years in consideration

      Renounced Citizenship

      If you renounce or give up your UK nationality, you can apply to regain it.

      To regain British citizenship, you must:

      • Prove that you have renounced your UK citizenship only once.
      • Show that you intend to be of good character upon resuming citizenship.
      • Present the renunciation declaration you made prior.
      • Prove that you have not broken any UK laws.
      • Evidence that you have not been convicted of any crime in the UK or abroad. These crimes include financial, criminal and traffic, immigration and regulatory crimes.
      • Have referees who can vouch for your intention to abide by the laws of the UK.
      • Present a statement from the country that required you to renounce British citizenship before you can take up their nationality.
      • Present the passport or naturalisation certificate from your country.

      The British Life In The UK Test

      Bangladeshi citizens who want to acquire British citizenship must pass the Life in the UK test. The test seeks to measure how much you know about UK traditions, food, politics, culture, history and daily living.

      To book the test, visit the Life in the UK test portal at the Home Office’s website. It is important to note that the Home Office’s website is the only place you can book the test.

      It will cost you £50 to book the test. The Home Office requires those interested in writing the test to book for it at least 3 days in advance.

      You’ll get to choose any location that is closest or most convenient for you.

      You’ll need an email address, a credit or debit card, and a valid ID to book for the test.

      Ensure that the name you’ll supply while registering for the test is the same as the one on your ID. A valid ID could be your passport or biometric residence permit. The test is inclusive; special provisions are made for people with disabilities to enable them to take it.

      The Home Office also made provisions for people who may want to practise for the test. On their website, you’ll find a handbook that you can use for preparation. The handbook is available in audio, text and print formats.The Life in the UK test is made up of 24 questions and you need to answer all in 45 minutes.To pass the test, you must score at least 75%.

      If you finish the exam, you’ll be issued a unique reference number to add to your citizenship application as proof. There is no limit to how many times you can take the test. If you do not pass the test, you can keep retaking it till you pass. However, you’ll need to pay for each retake.

      There are categories of people who can be exempted from taking the test.

      They are:

      • Bangladeshi citizens who are younger than 18 or 65 and older.
      • Bangladeshi citizens who passed the test when trying to get permanent residency.
      • Bangladeshi citizens who have a protracted mental or physical condition that can prevent them from taking the test. You’ll have to prove this by presenting a letter or form from a doctor.

      Citizenship Application Fees

      Bangladeshi citizens will need to pay £1,580 while those who are under 18 will pay £1,214.  You will also need to pay £80 for the citizenship ceremony. You may be eligible for a waiver, especially if your parent receives support from the government to train you. Bangladeshi citizens who entered their 18th year while the application process is ongoing will need to pay £1,431.

      If the Home Office rejects your application, they will refund you some of the fee. However, if you are applying for resumption of citizenship after you renounce it, you will not be refunded if your application is refused.

      British Citizenship Application Process & Steps

      You’ll need to choose how you want to apply for British citizenship.

      You can either make the application yourself or use the services of a legal representative. At Total Law, we have experienced immigration lawyers who are experts in UK immigration. They can assist you in applying for citizenship to the Home Office. We are an OISC-registered law firm, and we can ensure your application is packaged in a way that gives it a high chance of approval.

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      If you want to apply for British citizenship, you must visit the Home Office’s website and fill out Form AN, the form for naturalisation. You’ll be required to input details on this form confirming that you meet the eligibility criteria.

      You also need to input the information of the two referees who will attest to your good behaviour.

      After completing the form, you must schedule an appointment with the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) centre closest to you. The appointment is to collect your fingerprints and photo.

      You can also upload your supporting documents on the application portal. If you cannot do this yourself, you can take them to the appointment with the UKVCAS. They can help you scan and upload your documents.

      It is also possible to submit your application by post. But the Home Office highly discourages it because of the long processing time. You should do an online application, especially if you need the documents back urgently for something else. If you have children, you can also apply for them to obtain British citizenship.

      When your application is successful, the Home Office will notify you by email. You are required to return your biometric residence permit (BRP) to the Home Office. You must return the BRP within 5 days of receiving your citizenship certificate.

      To send the BRP back to the Home Office, cut up the BRP into 4 pieces and put them in an envelope without windows. Inside the envelope, you have to add a note which says you are sending back your BRP because you’ve gained citizenship and would no longer need a BRP. The note you’ll send must have your name, document number and birth date.  You have to send this to:

      Naturalisation BRP Returns

      PO Box 195

      Bristol

      BS20 1BT

      If you do not comply with the rules above, you will be forced to pay a fine of up to £1,000.

      Note that you cannot travel with the naturalisation certificate. You’ll need to apply for a British passport to be able to leave and re-enter the UK.

      What Documents Do I Need to Apply for British Citizenship?

      Here are the documents you need to present to the Home Office to prove your eligibility for UK citizenship:

      • Residence card to show you hold Indefinite Leave to Remain.
      • Bangladeshi passport or any identity document to prove your nationality.
      • Biometric residence permit to prove that you have a valid residence in the UK.
      • Proof of immigration status.
      • Ecctis-evaluated degree certificate or English language proficiency test result that proves you have sufficient knowledge of English.
      • Unique reference number that proves you passed the Life in the UK test.
      • Proof you were in the UK in the period that will be assessed.
      • Signed reference forms from your referees.
      • Birth certificate.
      • Passport of your parents if you are applying through the birth route.
      • Completed Form AN, Application for Naturalisation as a British Citizen.
      • Employment or admission letter.
      • Property deed or tenancy agreement with a UK landlord. This document must show your address in the UK.
      • Proof of tax payment.
      • Bank statement.
      • Marriage and birth certificates if you are applying with your family.
      • Receipt showing payment of the application fees.

      Every document uploaded to the portal must be in English, Welsh, or Scottish Gaelic.

      You’ll need to get certified translated copies if your documents are not in any of these 3 languages.

      Note that if you hold ILR, you do not need to prove English language proficiency or write the Life in the UK test because you had already fulfilled both conditions when getting ILR.

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        English Language Requirement for British Citizenship

        You have to show evidence that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language while making your application.

        To prove this, you must show that you:

        • Are from an English-speaking country.
        • Passed the English language proficiency test.
        • Did higher education in the UK.
        • Got a higher degree in a country that primarily speaks English.
        • Have a degree taught in English in a non-English speaking country.

        Processing Time Of The British Citizenship Application

        It takes up to 6 months for the Home Office to process your application.

        Note that it could take longer due to inaccuracies in your application, or holiday periods. Our lawyers can make the application on your behalf to cut down waiting times due to incomplete applications.

        The Home Office may ask you to provide further details or come for a face-to-face interview.

        British Citizenship Ceremony

        Bangladeshi citizens who are 18 and above will need to attend a British citizenship ceremony.

        The Home Office will notify you when it is time to do so. If they do, you must attend the ceremony within 3 months. Your local authority is responsible for organising your ceremony. You can choose to do the ceremony in groups or alone. When going to the ceremony, you will need to take the invitation. You can only take 2 guests to the ceremony.

        At the ceremony, you’ll be required to take an oath of allegiance to God or an affirmation if you prefer. You will also pledge to abide by the rules of the UK and respect the freedom and rights of the citizens and residents.

        You will get a welcome pack with your British citizenship certificate when the ceremony ends.

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          How To Get The British Passport

          Overview

          Applying for a British passport after Indefinite Leave to Remain is possible. However, you must wait for at least 1 year before applying for British citizenship. You can apply for a British passport only after you have obtained UK nationality.

          The passport is valid for a period of 10 years. You can apply for the passport online or on paper.

          Online Application

          If you want to apply online, visit the passport portal on the Home Office’s website. You must upload a recent digital photo and then fill out the form. After filling out the form, you’ll have to pay £82.50 to submit your application. Choose who will confirm your identity. This person must be at least 18, live in the UK and be a British citizen.

          The person confirming your identity must be working or retired from a recognised profession. They must also know you well enough. The person must not be your relative by blood or marriage. They cannot also be your doctor or therapist, except if you are friends.

          It is vital you inform them first before adding their emails. Tell them the HM Passport Office will contact them via email concerning you. After they complete the confirmation, you will get an email telling you the documents to submit and where to submit them.

          If the passport office needs more information, they may ask you to come for an interview.

          Paper Application

          To apply for your passport with paper, you have to:

          • Fill out an application form.
          • Get 2 digital passport photos.
          • Ask someone to confirm your identity.
          • Gather your supporting documents.
          • Pay the application fee of £93.

          You can get the application form at a post office offering passport services or the passport advice line.

          You are required to fill out sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 9. The 10th section will be filled by the person who will confirm your identity. This person will also date and sign one of the photos you’ll submit.

          After filling out the form, take it with your supporting documents and photos and submit them where you picked the form. Your application must come in the pre-printed envelope you were given when you picked up the form.

          The passport office may ask for an interview if they need more information. It could take the Passport Office 3 weeks to process your passport application. You will get your passport delivered by recorded delivery or courier.

          Our Team At Total Law Can Help You Obtain British Citizenship

          Applying for British citizenship can be a tedious process. This is because of the rigorous requirements that you must meet. Your application can be refused if you miss any information or fail to prove how you meet a requirement.

          To avoid this, enlist the services of an immigration lawyer to help with the process. At Total Law, we have competent lawyers who can guide you through the procedure or make the application on your behalf.

          Using our service will save you time and money, as our application package has a high chance of getting an approval. It also reduces your chance of being refused and having to re-apply, which can be detrimental to the success of your next application. A testament to this fact is the successes we’ve recorded with the applications of other Bangladeshi citizens.

          Our team is also available to assess your eligibility, gather your supporting documents and give you valuable advice every step of the way.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    You can pass down your UK citizenship to your children, whether they are born in or outside the UK. However, if your children were born outside the UK, they cannot pass the citizenship to their own children.

                    You can have dual citizenship in the UK. The UK allows citizens to acquire multiple citizenship. It is important to note that some other countries do not allow dual citizenship. If you want to apply for UK citizenship, you need to check how it would affect the citizenship that you already have.