In order to qualify for naturalisation as a British Citizen, an individual is required to demonstrate close links with and a commitment to the United Kingdom. As part of this, the expectation is that an applicant should meet the residency requirements. Whilst there is some discretion to waive some of these requirements, this cannot be done to the extent that the requirements are ignored.
This relates to Naturalisation as a British Citizen by Discretion and explains the Requirements to Naturalise as a British Citizen, which an applicant must meet in order to naturalise as a British Citizen under Section 6(1) and 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Therefore, grant of British Citizenship under Section 6 is NOT a fundamental Human Right of an applicant but the discretion of HM’s Government. The requirements that an applicant must meet somewhat vary based on whether an applicant is married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen or not.
This relates to the considerations/checks by the Home Office with regards to the British Citizenship Applications that are submitted under Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981. During the consideration process, the Home Office checks whether or not an applicant is already a British Citizen. Moreover, the Home Office evaluates the applications for automatic claims and entitlements, whereby grant of Certificate of Naturalisation is not necessary.
This relates to British Citizenship Grants during 1990-2016 in the light of the Official Statistics. Indian, Pakistani and Nigerian nationals topped the list for the grant of British Citizenship. During the period Indians, Pakistani and Nigerian nationals were granted 373,318, 288,128 and 139,145 British Citizenships, which constitutes 12.32%, 9.51% and 4.59% of the Total British Citizenship Grants 3,031,133 during 1990-2016, respectively. Therefore, nationals from these three (3) countries were conferred with more than one fourth (26.42%) of the British Citizenship Grants during 1990-2016.
This relates to British Citizenship Refusal Rate during 2004 to 2016, which indicates that the Refusal Rate was highest in 2005 (9.33%) and lowest in 2013 (3.38%). On an average, during the period (2004-16), the Refusal Rate was 6.18%. During 2016 a total of 162,729 Decisions were made on the British Citizenship Applications submitted for the consideration of Her Majesty’s Home Office. 149,421 Decisions Taken to Grant British Citizenship, as many as 13,308 applications were Refused. Accordingly, during 2016 the British Citizenship Refusal Rate was 8.18%.
According to Official Statistics, during 2004 to 2016, 2,130,570 British Citizenship Grants were made under Naturalisation Based on Residence (1,081,124 Citizenship Grants or 50.74% of Total Citizenship Grants), Naturalisation Based on Marriage (460,053 Grants or 21.59% of Total Grants), Entitlement to Registration as an Adult, (2,025 Grants or 0.10% of Total Grants), Entitlement to Registration as a Child (237,407 Grants or 11.14% of Total Grants) Entitlement to Registration on Other Grounds (70,175 Grants or 3.29% of Total Grants), Entitlement to Registration under Section 5 (2,030 Grants or 0.10% of Total Grants), Discretionary Registration as an Adult, (55 Grants or 0.0026% of Total Grants) Discretionary Registration as a Child (272,859 Grants or 12.81% of Total Grants) and Discretionary Registration on Other Grounds (4,842 Grants or 0.23% of Total Grants).
This relates to the details of the reasons for the refusal of applications for British Citizenship during 2002-16 in light of the empirical evidence. From 2002 to 2016, cumulatively, 145,974 applications for British Citizenship were refused. British Citizenship Application Refusal Reasons 2002-2016 On a year to year basis, 6,927, 8,976, 12,118, 14,531, 13,610, 14,723, 8,734, 9,902, 7,593,…
This relates to the assessment of full capacity requirement for British Citizenship Applications for Naturalisation submitted under Section 6 of the British Citizenship Act 1981. Full Capacity Requirement for British Naturalisation Full capacity is defined in section 50(11) of the British Nationality Act 1981 as being ‘not of unsound mind’. It is not further defined in…