The UK offers a diverse range of opportunities for international applicants who wish to obtain settled status and British citizenship. Most eligible visa routes will come with a 5 year qualifying period and a cap on the number of days you can spend outside the UK in each 12 month period.
Investors and entrepreneurs (including startup and innovator visa holders) may qualify for accelerated settlement (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) through satisfying specialised criteria. Entrepreneurs, for instance, may settle after 3 years provided they have created a sufficient amount of jobs for local candidates.
You will generally be able to apply for British citizenship after 12 months provided all requirements are met. If you have questions regarding settling in the UK or applying for British citizenship, please speak to one of our legal advisers.
For information on settlement and citizenship for European nationals, please visit our EU nationals page.