British Nationality Act 1981
The Home Secretary may if he thinks fit naturalise a person who meets certain requirements.
Requirements for a person applying as the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen
The person applying must:
- be aged 18 or over
- not be of unsound mind
- be of good character
- have sufficient knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic
- have a sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom
- be the husband or wife or, from 5 December 2005, the civil partner of a British citizen on the date the application is received; and either meet the residential requirements, or be married to a British citizen who is working abroad, or is likely soon to be posted abroad, in Crown service under the Government of the United Kingdom or the government of a qualifying territory or in service specially designated of the British Nationality Act 1981, and who was recruited in the United Kingdom to that service.
The residential requirements are that:
- the person applying was in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the three-year period that ended on the date the application is received
- on the date the application is received, the applicant's stay in the United Kingdom is not subject to any time limit under the immigration laws
- in the three-year period, he or she was not outside the United Kingdom for more than 270 days
-and in the last 12 months of that three-year period, he or she was not outside the United Kingdom for more than 90 days
-and he or she was not at any time in that three-year period, in the United Kingdom in breach of the immigration laws.
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