By virtue of paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 1 to the British Nationality Act 1981, serving outside the UK on the date of application in Crown service under the government of the UK is an alternative to the residence requirements for
naturalisation under s.6(1) of the Act. It is not an alternative to the residence requirement for naturalisation under s.6(2) of the Act.

According to the Home Office, UKVI Guidance, in general, an applicant is in Crown service if:

  • in an established permanent position, which can include a fixed-term
    appointment; and
  • paid for his/her service directly from funds voted by Parliament; and
  • rendering service direct to the Crown

Honorary appointments, for example as legal adviser to a British Embassy or High Commission, are not necessarily excluded from this definition. A statement or certificate from a Government Department or branch of the Armed
service etc should normally be accepted as evidence that the person is in Crown service.

Applicants applying under s.6(1) on grounds of Crown service abroad have to meet the requirements of good character, language and future intentions. But it is consistent with the principles of the BNA 1981 that applicants in Crown service abroad should also demonstrate that their service and connections with the United Kingdom are such as to make it right that the Home Secretary should exercise his/her discretion and naturalise them.

Criteria To Be Applied To Crown Service Applicants

The crown service applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for their applications for naturalisation as British Citizen to succeed:

Quality of service

The Home Office, UKVI should normally expect applicants:

  • to be the holder of a responsible post; and
  • to have performed their duties to an exceptionally high standard

Examples are:

  • outstanding military service, especially in time of war
  • outstanding service representing Her Majesty's Government (e.g. as vice
    consul)
  • other service, significantly above and beyond the call of duty, which has been
    of direct benefit to the UK and its interests

Connections with the UK

These are, in order of importance:

  • past residence in the UK. The longer and more recent the residence the better. A future intention to move to or return to the UK is not relevant to
    establishing a connection with the UK
  • whereabouts of close family members: spouse, children, parents, siblings UK or elsewhere
  • whereabouts of property house, other property, investments including savings accounts UK or elsewhere
  • whereabouts of, and contacts with, friends UK or elsewhere

Rank or grade

The more senior the applicant, the greater the likelihood that they will be able to meet the outstanding service requirement, though this does not rule out an applicant who has served in a junior post and who may have performed particularly deserving service.

Loyalty

Tested and demonstrably beyond question. For example, applicants may have put themselves at risk from a hostile foreign government, or made themselves unpopular among their people by their commitment to the UK.

Length of service

Long service alone is not sufficient, but we would normally expect exceptional service to have been maintained for a significant period rarely less than 10 years.

Advantage to the UK

An application from someone in Crown service who does not meet some or any of the criteria as above may be made on the grounds that it would be advantageous operationally for that person to be a British citizen. In such cases, the employing department or service must demonstrate that advantage in some detail. An application put forward on this ground alone is rarely likely to succeed, unless it can be shown that it is vital to UK interests that the applicant should be naturalised.

Requests for priority

Where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Consular Directorate or an overseas post), when submitting applications on behalf of Crown Servants, request that priority be given to the application, the application should be dealt with out of turn and processed as quickly as possible.

Why Choose Sunrise Solicitors For Naturalisation As A British Citizen?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for naturalisation as British Citizen. The quality of our service is self-evident from our clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen, the casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your application for naturalisation as British Citizen;
  • Discussing your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your British Citizenship application;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • Considering the contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your British Citizenship application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing form AN to apply for naturalisation as a British Citizen and discussing the same with you;
  • Advising you about two referees who have to complete and sign your application form as referees to meet the good character requirement;
  • Certifying all your original documents as true copy of the original including your passport(s) and your Biometric Residence Permit with ILR so that you can continue to travel while the application for British Citizenship is pending with the Home Office;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your British Citizenship application and responding to any further information and/or documents required by the Home Office in support of your application;
  • Protecting your interests while your British Citizenship application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress of your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your naturalisation application by the Home Office, UKVI;

Our Fee For An Application For Naturalisation As A British Citizen

  • We will charge you a fee from £700.00 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen [AN Application]. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of your naturalisation application and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office on your application for naturalisation as a British Citizen. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.

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