British Nationality Act 1981
The Home Secretary may if he thinks fit naturalise a person who meets certain requirements which are set out in section 6 of, and Schedule 1 to, the British Nationality Act 1981. These are described below.
1. The person who is applying must meet the requirements that are set out in Part A of this leaflet, unless he or she is married to, or the civil partner of, a British citizen. If the person applying is the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen, he or she only needs to meet the requirements that are set out in Part B of this leaflet.
2. The person applying must:
3. The residential requirements are that:
4. Everyone who applies must meet the requirements described in paragraph 2a, c and f. They must also be free from any time restriction under the immigration laws when the application is received and meet the requirement described in paragraph 3a (unless covered by paragraph 5 below). But the Home Secretary may make an exception to the other requirements (including the one in Note 4 about time which does not count) if he thinks that there are special circumstances. If you do not meet the requirements, but you believe that there are special circumstances in your case, you should explain them when you apply.
5. An alternative to the five-year residential requirement is Crown service under the Government of the United Kingdom (see Note 2). There is no fixed period of service because naturalisation will not be granted if you just complete a period of satisfactory service. If someone applies because of Crown service, he or she should, among other things, have held a responsible post overseas, given outstanding service, and have some close connection with the United Kingdom. If someone applies for naturalisation on the basis of Crown service, he or she must be serving outside of the United Kingdom when the application is received.
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