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Proving your good character for British citizenship

In order to be successful in your British citizenship application, the Home Office must be satisfied that you are of good character.

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If you are not able to fulfil this requirement, your British citizenship application will be denied. It is thus crucial that future British citizenship applicants keep this in mind in their preparation for the application.

Breytenbachs strongly advise all applicants is to answer all questions in their British citizenship application in full, and very honestly. Note also that you have to inform the Home Office of any significant event, such as a pending prosecution or criminal conviction. Failure to do so might also result in an application being denied.

What are the grounds for not considering a person to be of good character?

The Home Office lists some circumstances that they will consider a person not to be of good character. This is however not an exhaustive list. If a person does not fall clearly into any category, but there is doubt about their character, their application might still be refused. The Home Office also has the power to request an interview to make an overall assessment of a person’s character.

1. Criminal Convictions

An applicant will normally not be considered of good character if he or she has been convicted of a crime, either in the UK or overseas. This also applies if there are only reasonable reasons to suspect that a person has been involved in a crime.

Fortunately, for these persons, having a criminal record does not mean that an application will necessarily be refused. The Home Office has strict guidelines on how this is treated, and they will among other facts consider the length of the sentence imposed and when the sentence was imposed.

If you have a criminal record, we highly recommend that you contact a Breytenbachs consultant for further assistance.

2. Actions not conducive to Public Good

An applicant will not be considered of good character if he or she has been involved in terrorism, or any actions considered not to be conducive to the public good.

3. Tax and Financial Affairs

One of the most important factors is to ensure that your financial and tax affairs are in order. If your tax or financial affairs are not in order, at the point where you apply, there is a substantial risk that the citizenship application will be rejected.

Please speak to your BIC consultant for more advice on how bankruptcy, liquidation, and debt is handled in the assessment.

4. Notoriety

If a person has by the scale and persistence of their behavior made themselves notorious in the local or wider community, their citizenship application will normally be refused. Applications might also be refused where there is evidence that a parent’s behavior demonstrates that they are not of good character.

5. Dishonest dealings with UK Government

It is very important to note that the general approach of the UK Home Office is that concealment of information, or lack of frankness, will raise doubt about a person’s good character. It is thus important to play open cards. Do not to lie or conceal any truths on your British citizenship application.

Worthwhile to note for those thinking of being dishonest is that the Home Office shares and check information via intelligence reports from other government departments and agencies. If you have any deceptions at other government departments, you will be found out.

6. Immigration Related Issues

Deceptive immigration related issues will normally lead to the refusal of the British citizenship application. Examples include evidence of a bogus marriage or partnership, cheating in the “Life in the UK” test or English Language test, assisting others in illegal migration, hiring illegal workers, etc.

Preparing for your British Citizenship Application

Breytenbachs strongly advise all readers not to compromise their future British citizenship application. Should you have a mishap, all is however not lost, and we advise that you get in touch with Breytenbachs without delay. We have been successful in some cases to prove that the applicant has since been rehabilitated, of good character and fit to be a British Citizen.

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