Can I apply for British Citizenship if I am on benefits? I claim benefits since October 2016 as a single parent ( income support, housing benefit, child tax credit and child benefit). I came to the UK in 2005 and exercised my treaty rights until 2014. I have goto a PR certificate issued in February 2016.

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Public Answer: 

Thank you for your enquiry.

You will be eligible to apply for naturalisation IF you meet the following requirements:

- Aged 18 or over;

- Of good character;

- You must have the intention to make the UK your permanent home;

- You must meet the knowledge of English and Life in the UK requirement;

- You must meet the residency requirement.

You must have lived in the UK for 5 years before the date of your application for naturalisation. In those 5 years, you must not have spent more than 450 days outside of the UK and no more than 90 days outside of the UK in the last 12 months before the date of the application. 

As you are an EU citizen, you must have had permanent residence in the UK for the last 12 months. 

If you meet the requirements of naturalisation now, we suggest you submit an application immediately to avoid any future complications as a result of Brexit

The fact that you receive benefits should have no effect on an application for naturalisation as you have already obtained permanent residence in the UK over a year ago. 

Someone will be in touch with you shortly to see how we can help you further.

Please note, this answer cannot be taken as a legal advice until we have your full instructions. The answer provided above is for information purposes only, if you would like to proceed to full legal advice and consultation with our immigration solicitors, please let us know your availability for an appointment by contacting us on 0207 936 9960 or through our Contact form.

We look forward to hearing back from you soon.

Best regards,

OTS Solicitors

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