Settlement & Nationaility
A tier 1 investor Visa provides a route for high-net-worth individuals to enter the UK and fast-track their way to settlement. The UK has always been an immensely attractive destination for those wishing to gain citizenship by investment. The UK is in close proximity to Europe, a market of 500 million and enjoys a stable government, is free from corruption and has a robust rule of law. In addition to all this, there are world renowned private schools and universities, a thriving property market and an abundance of sporting and cultural activities.
10-year Long Residence
If you have completed 10 years continuous lawful residence in the UK you may be entitled to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK under the Long Residence Rule. This category provides a path to permanent residence for people who hold or have held visas that do not necessarily lead to ILR including visit and student visas.
The basic requirements for a long residence application are that you have held continuous lawful visa permission for 10 years and that you have not been absent from the UK for more than 18 months over a 10 year period.
Previous applications that have been submitted to the Home Office late may impact on the prospects of a successful 10 Year application.
If you wish to naturalise as a British citizen, you must hold indefinite leave to remain (permanent residence), be of good character, and meet certain minimum residence requirements.
There are three main routes to British naturalisation:
- marriage or civil partnership with a British citizen
- completing a qualifying residence period; and
- (for EEA nationals and their dependantsonly) completing a qualifying residence period in the UK in exercise of Treatyrights.
We are specialist British Naturalisation solicitors. We provide comprehensive legal advice, ensuring your application meets the legal requirements. We collate your evidence and prepare detailed submissions to the Home Office. Where required, we will also undertake ongoing liaison with the Home Office.
Other Nationality Types
If you’ve lived in the UK for five years and hold Indefinite Leave to Remain, you may be able to apply for British citizenship. This will allow you to stay inthe UK permanently with the same rights as UK citizens.
Our immigration solicitors can help you with your application to make sure you meet the requirements for citizenship. When you come to applying for your citizenship, we understand that this can be the last step over a long period oftime. We’ll work closely with you from the beginning to end to make sure your application has the best chance of success. If you’re still a few years away from applying for citizenship, we can also advise on how you can prepare for your application in future.