Hello there… hope you’re having a lovely start of the year so far. It has been a very challenging and stressful start for me, but I assure you that this post is not all doom and gloom. There were some positive things that happened in my life as well and I prefer to dwell more on them, I even pushed myself to write a blog post about it.
I have been approved as British citizen since November last year, and only a couple of weeks ago, I went to a ceremony to take an oath of allegiance to make it all official. It actually doesn’t sound as straight forward as that, so I’m hoping this post will be of help to a few of my readers. It took me six years to actually decide to apply for British citizenship, although I did have the opportunity to apply just after three years of living here in the UK. I just didn’t rush because I’ve got other things to pay the required £800+ with, I eventually decided to go ahead and apply or I would of ended up spending even more if left it any longer than October last year.
If you are 18 and over and have been living in the United Kingdom for the last five years (or three years if you are married to or a civil partner of a British citizen) and not yet a British citizen, you may be able to apply for naturalisation. See the list who are eligible to apply and the requirements for British citizenship here. I applied under Naturalisation through application form AN and have paid £874 beforehand, the fee is not refundable regardless if your application will be approved or not. From 28 October 2013 though… unless you are exempt, all applicants for settlement or naturalisation as a British citizen will need to meet the knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement by passing not just one but two test- the Life in the UK Test; and having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent. Unlike before that, you’re only asked to pass either. That’s why I rushed to apply last September as I’d only passed the Life in the UK Test as part of my requirements for applying the Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK a few years ago. I knew I was going to spend more if I had to pass the other one too, and I just couldn’t afford paying both the application fee and the English test as well.
After couple of months, I received a confirmation letter from the Home Office that my application was approved. The letter includes the instructions for the next step- booking the ceremony for taking the Oath of Allegiance in order to receive the registration certificate. I was accompanied by my husband and grandma in law as you’re obliged to bring a witness or two at the ceremony, and look at the goodies I’ve got after as a welcome to being a new British citizen…
A passport holder and White Rose of York bookmark- jolly good! I am currently now in the process of applying for my first British passport, whoop whoop!
Nothing beats a celebration treat thereafter though, a traditional Sunday roast and pudding of course! :)
I hope you’ll find this post helpful and thanks once again for dropping by!