Citizenship applications summaryThe Home Office publish annual bulletins providing statistics on applications for settlement (ILR) or British citizenship. Within these bulletins there is some useful information for applicants.
The summary of applications made in 2009 was published on 27 May 2010 and can be found on the Home Office’s Research, Development and Statistics Directorate (RDS) website - British Citizenship Statistics United Kingdom, 2009 (pdf, 369KB).
Page 8 of this document is a summary flowchart showing, clearly, the path from being a foreign UK resident to becoming a British citizen. This flowchart reflects how citizenship can only follow after one of four requirements is met
- Registration through entitlement - this applies to overseas territories citizens, children of British citizens, or someone who becomes a British citizen and others
- Discretionary registration - this applies to refugees, asylum seekers and stateless individuals, for example, who have been granted discretionary leave to remain
- Naturalisation (residence) - this applies to people with leave to remain who meet all of the requirements set out by the UK Border Agency
- Naturalisation (spouses and partners) - this applies to anyone who is living in the UK as a partner of a British citizen, or someone who has been granted indefinite leave to remain
Page 13 of the RDS document provides a summary of the reasons for applications being refused. Nearly 10,000 people were refused citizenship in 2009. You can find out why here and make sure that your application doesn’t get refused.
The rest of the information provides a detailed picture of how people are achieving British citizenship - this may be of interest to you, however this is not directly relevant to your application process.
ESOL and English language requirements
This section also includes detailed guidance on who needs to take the test. If you are applying for citizenship as the partner or spouse of a British citizen you should also be aware of the ESOL requirements and English language requirements for spouses and partners.