There are different ways to obtain British nationality, and our immigration lawyer will guide you on which route you may apply in your circumstances.
For instance, you do not automatically get British citizenship if born in the UK. It depends on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances. Further, you may be able to naturalise as a British citizen if you are married to a British national or have been in the UK legally for a specific time.
EEA Family Members
If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get settled or pre-settled status as long as you were in the UK before 30 December 2020.
You may be able to get an EU Settlement Scheme family permit to come to the UK if you’re the family member of someone from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. You may also be able to apply if you’re the family member of an eligible person from Northern Ireland.
You must be outside the UK to apply.
Short-term student visa: You can apply for a Short-term study visa to study the English language in the UK. This visa is for English language courses lasting longer than six months and up to 11 months.
Student visa: You can apply for a student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
- have been offered a place on a course by a licensed student sponsor
- have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
- can speak, read, write, and understand English
- have consent from your parents if you’re 16 or 17 – you’ll need evidence of this when you apply.
You can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if you’re one of the following:
- a Commonwealth citizen
- a British overseas citizen
- a British Overseas Territories citizen
- a British national (overseas)
- a citizen of Zimbabwe
You must also:
- prove one of your grandparents was born in the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man
- meet the other eligibility requirements.
Standard Visitor Visas
You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK:
- for leisure or to see your family and friends
- for business, or to take part in sports or creative events
- for another reason, for example, to receive private medical treatment.
You can apply for a Start-up visa if:
- you want to set up a business in the UK
- you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)and Switzerland
- you meet the other eligibility requirements.
Skilled Worker Visa
A Skilled Worker visa allows you to come to or stay in the UK to do an eligible job with an approved employer. This visa has replaced the Tier 2 (General) work visa.
Apply for a sponsor licence so you can sponsor foreign workers or students to come and work or study in the UK.
A sponsor licence is also needed to employ EEA and Swiss citizens coming to the UK to work from 1 January 2021.
An innovator visa is for those who want to set up and run an innovative business in the UK – it must be something that’s different from anything else on the market. Further, your business or business idea has been endorsed by an approved body, also known as an endorsing body.
Finally, you must meet the other eligibility requirements.
An application for a Start-up visa can be made if you want to set up an innovative business in the UK – it must be something that’s different from anything else on the market. You must meet the other eligibility requirements.
You must be able to show that your business idea is:
- a new idea – you cannot join a business that is already trading
- innovative – you must have an original business idea which is different from anything else on the market
- viable – it has growth potential.