Michael Gove proposes free UK citizenship applications for EU nationals

On 24 May 2019, in an emotional speech, Prime Minister Theresa May declared that she will be stepping down as the Conservative leader and Prime Minister on 7 June 2019. One of the leading candidates to potentially replace Mrs May is Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs. Mr Gove has openly supported Brexit and he was an instrumental leader in the leave campaign during the 2016 Brexit referendum. However, Mr Gove has said that if he were elected he would do what is required to secure a deal with the EU and he would not consider a no-deal option or second referendum. In an attempt to build popularity amongst the general public Mr Gove has suggested that he will allow EU nationals living in the UK at the time of the referendum to apply free of charge for UK Citizenship. The current fee for UK Citizenship applications is £1330.

How to apply for UK Citizenship before the UK leaves the EU?

EU nationals can apply for UK Citizenship after spending 5 lawful years in the United Kingdom. It is also important for EU nationals to have a clean record with no criminal convictions. However in some occasions, (see good character requirement below) Applicants with criminal records or civil penalties can apply for UK Citizenship. It is important all information is disclosed to the Home Office.  UK Citizenship applications are made under the British Nationality Act 1981. In order for EU nationals to apply for UK Citizenship, they must have been in the United Kingdom for 5 consecutive years with no more than 450 absences from the United Kingdom. If you have absences exceeding the statutory amount you must provide an explanation i.e. if there were strong and compelling reasons such as bereavements. Applicants must show that they are of good character and have good conduct. Lastly, Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the English Language and Sufficient knowledge of life in the UK.

It is recommended those who wish to submit UK Citizenship applications to give us a call on 0207 1830 570 for a free telephone case assessments so can consider with you the requirements for a successful application.

What is the good character requirement in UK Citizenship applications?

The British Nationality Act 1981 does not define what good character means. To meet the good character requirement Applicants must show that they have shown respect for the rights and freedoms of the UK, observed its laws and fulfilled your duties and obligations as a resident of the UK. The Home Office will carry out civil and criminal record checks when reviewing an application. Therefore, it is essential that all information is disclosed to the Home Office when applying for British Citizenship. It is advised that applicants also disclose minor parking offences such as fixed penalty notices and speeding offences under the Road Traffic Act 1984. A failure to disclose all relevant information is likely to result in your British Citizenship being refused and in some circumstances issues of deception may arise and a ban from applying again. If you have a criminal record or have had some issues with the law in the past it does not mean that you cannot submit a successful British Citizenship application. With the correct legal assistance and representation, a strong and persuasive application can be submitted. Our team of Solicitors and Barristers have a proven method of submitting all types of citizenship applications.

How we can assist submit a successful UK citizenship application

We prepare our UK citizenship applications with a great amount of detail ensuring all the requirements under the British Nationality Act 1981 are met. We have a proven method of submitting successful British citizenship applications. The key to submitting a successful application is providing the correct supporting documents. Without sufficient mandatory and supporting documents, it is likely your application may be delayed and later refused. It is not uncommon for underprepared applications to suffer severe delays. Our solicitors successfully guide Applicants through the application process and prepare detailed legal representations, which directly tackle all the issues, involved in the application and outline how the requirements under the British Nationality Act 1981 are met. In addition to the legal representations, our team of solicitors prepare and assist with the completion of the Naturalisation application form.

Using Legal Representation to submit a UK citizenship application

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on the law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with a UK citizenship application. Our Solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject UK citizenship applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Immigration & Visa application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.

The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successfully apply for UK citizenship

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a UK citizenship application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a UK citizenship application and are able to advise you in respect of your prospects and to ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

Our offices are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss a UK citizenship application.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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