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I have lived in the UK since 1990 (ON and OFF) I have an ILR

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I have lived in the UK since 1990 (ON and OFF) I have an ILR , I am Married to a British national and have two british Children. DO I QUALIFY for British Citizenship?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 4 years ago.

Hi

Thanks for your patience.

You would have to apply for naturalisation to naturalise as UK citizen and thereafter apply for a UK passport.

If you have held ILR for 12 months or more and are married to a UK citizen then you can apply for naturalisation provided that you meet the eligibility criteria on the following page:-
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/eligibility/naturalisation/spouseorcivilpartnerofcitizen/

Most applicants fail because they do not meet the residential criteria in terms of days outside the UK. Your application will be rejected if you have spent too many days outside the UK in the 3 years preceding the date of your application and so you should pay particular attention to this.

If you do meet all the criteria then you can certainly apply for naturasliation and become a UK citizen though.

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