British Citizenship Lawyers

Richard Nelson LLP’s team of British Citizenship lawyers offers the expertise and experience required to assist you through the application process and help you secure citizenship in the UK. We can guide you through each stage of the process and ensure you have the best chance of a successful application. Get in touch today to discuss your case, or find out more about how our citizenship solicitors can help below.

Richard Nelson LLP does not offer legal aid and the service that we provide is on a private fee-paying basis. All applications will be assessed on their merits. Find out more about our pricing for immigration work.


British citizenship and settlement in the UK are considered the final stage for many migrants who come to the UK, giving you the right to live and work in the UK permanently without any Immigration restrictions. You may wish to make the UK your permanent home with your family after investing many years here. You will require British Citizenship before you apply for a UK passport.

In some cases, individuals are British automatically, and will not need to apply for British citizenship. We can review your case and provide expert advice regarding the requirements.

Our team of citizenship solicitors provides legal advice and assistance for all British citizenship applications. The requirements for these applications are restrictive and can be complex to navigate through and our friendly and experienced team will make sure you are supported throughout the process. Our immigration services are conducted on a fixed fee basis. Learn more about immigration solicitor fees.

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To secure citizenship in the UK the process is to apply for Naturalisation and satisfy the eligibility rules. The applicant must demonstrate that they have lived in the UK for 5 years and have secured indefinite leave to remain (ILR ) in the UK, or secured “settled status” (under the EU scheme) or had been granted indefinite leave to enter the UK. The application can be lodged after securing the ILR for 12 months.

If the applicant is married to a British citizen and secured the ILR they do not need to wait for 12 months to apply.

Registration of children

To secure British citizenship for a child under the age of 18 years, an application to register them as a British citizen can be lodged with the Home Office.

The nationality laws are complex, and applicants may be eligible to apply either by way of an entitlement or on a discretionary basis.

Registration of children in Local Authority

Our citizenship solicitors take regular instructions from Local Authorities to assist with registration applications for young people in care, for whom we provide expert legal advice.

Automatic acquisition

Automatic acquisition of British citizenship is when applicants automatically acquire British Citizenship by law without having to lodge a prescribed application.

Individual applications and specific circumstances are considered with these applications and an assessment must be undertaken to check the eligibility rules and requirements.

Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BN(O) Visa

The Hong Kong BN(O) route allows BN(O) status holders and certain family members to live, work and study in the UK. After 5 years, applicants will be able to apply for settlement, and after a further year, British citizenship, providing they meet the validity, suitability and eligibility requirements.

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Why Choose Richard Nelson LLP’s British Citizenship Solicitors

Our citizenship solicitors will work closely with you to ensure that you are fully aware of the requirements for the application, detail any concerns that may arise and provide honest, clear advice. They will verify with you that the application is correct, the required evidence, documentation and representations have been provided and addressed.

For accurate preparation, execution and submission of your individual application, our British Citizenship solicitors provide clarity and confidence, and our approachability and exceptional client service will ensure you have the best chances of a successful application process if you need to secure your citizenship in the UK.

Specialist solicitors

Our multidisciplinary team is made up of specialists in a wide range of services, which means you'll always be represented by an expert in your area.

No-strings initial call

Get in touch to arrange a no-obligation, fully confidential call to discuss your case and work out if you want to continue.

Nationwide support

Speak to solicitors in one of our offices throughout England and Wales, or arrange calls and remote meetings.


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