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However I am completely lost about how to go about the process.

I am currently a US Citizen. I love the USA but I feel that it is time for me to relocate to the UK as the UK has more to offer in the way of cultural experiences which are essential to my education as I am a linguist.

My younger siblings father is a UK Citizen and I can likely get him to sponsor me if that is required.

What are the requirements to becomming a UK Citizen? If anyone can direct me to appropriate guides I would be sincerely thankful.

Also worth noting is that I would like to attain dual citizenship with Canada incase this factors into what is required to become a UK Citizen.

Is it possible to hold citizenship in the USA, UK and Canada or will I only be able to have citizenship in one or two countries?

Thank you all for your help. :)
 

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However I am completely lost about how to go about the process.

I am currently a US Citizen. I love the USA but I feel that it is time for me to relocate to the UK as the UK has more to offer in the way of cultural experiences which are essential to my education as I am a linguist.

My younger siblings father is a UK Citizen and I can likely get him to sponsor me if that is required.
I'm afraid your stepfather's nationality doesn't help at all in becoming British. It's your natural or adopted parent's citizenship that matters.

What are the requirements to becomming a UK Citizen? If anyone can direct me to appropriate guides I would be sincerely thankful.
Perhaps the easiest is to marry or enter into civil partnership with a British citizen and live in UK for 2 years on spouse visa and one year as a settled person (like permanent resident). This entitles you to apply for naturalisation. Without UK spouse or civil partner, you have to live in UK for 5 years followed by another year in a settled status before eligible for naturalisation. Problem with this route is only certain categories of visa will count towards residency requirement for citizenship, so spending some years as a student doesn't work. Work visa is the usual route, but as you can imagine UK is going through a recession and jobs for foreigners are hard to find and get a visa for (it's the same in US), so it will be an uphill struggle.

Also worth noting is that I would like to attain dual citizenship with Canada incase this factors into what is required to become a UK Citizen.

Is it possible to hold citizenship in the USA, UK and Canada or will I only be able to have citizenship in one or two countries?
All three countries allow mutiple nationalities, but you need to qualify for Canadian citizenship separately, usually involving 4 years' residence, with 2 years as permanent resident.
 

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However I am completely lost about how to go about the process.

I am currently a US Citizen. I love the USA but I feel that it is time for me to relocate to the UK as the UK has more to offer in the way of cultural experiences which are essential to my education as I am a linguist.

My younger siblings father is a UK Citizen and I can likely get him to sponsor me if that is required.

What are the requirements to becomming a UK Citizen? If anyone can direct me to appropriate guides I would be sincerely thankful.

Also worth noting is that I would like to attain dual citizenship with Canada incase this factors into what is required to become a UK Citizen.

Is it possible to hold citizenship in the USA, UK and Canada or will I only be able to have citizenship in one or two countries?

Thank you all for your help. :)
Unfortunately, it's just not that simple. You can't become a UK citizen just because you want to and your chances of becoming a UK citizen are slim unless you marry or form a civil partnership with a UK citizen or you find a company to sponsor you for a job or you have a huge amount of money to invest in or start a UK company.

If you marry or form a civil partnership with a UK citizen you will be eligible for UK citizenship after 3 years of living with your spouse or partner in the UK. However, the residency requirement is likely to be increased to 6 years in the near future.

If you have some incredible skill, talent or loads of experience and can find a company to sponsor you for a job, you'll be eligible for citizenship after a 6 year residency period.

If you can start or invest in a UK business, depending on the level of investment you may be eligible for citizenship at some point.

Your sibling's father can't sponsor you.
 

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Citizenship in the UK requires that you live legally there for a period of time. Your first step would have to be getting a visa to allow you to live and work in the UK for the necessary period of time.
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I'm afraid your stepfather's nationality doesn't help at all in becoming British. It's your natural or adopted parent's citizenship that matters.



Perhaps the easiest is to marry or enter into civil partnership with a British citizen and live in UK for 2 years on spouse visa and one year as a settled person (like permanent resident). This entitles you to apply for naturalisation. Without UK spouse or civil partner, you have to live in UK for 5 years followed by another year in a settled status before eligible for naturalisation. Problem with this route is only certain categories of visa will count towards residency requirement for citizenship, so spending some years as a student doesn't work. Work visa is the usual route, but as you can imagine UK is going through a recession and jobs for foreigners are hard to find and get a visa for (it's the same in US), so it will be an uphill struggle.



All three countries allow mutiple nationalities, but you need to qualify for Canadian citizenship separately, usually involving 4 years' residence, with 2 years as permanent resident.
Marrying to become a citizen is not a route I am willing to go.

If you are self employed will that qualify you for the work visa at all?
 

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Unfortunately, it's just not that simple. You can't become a UK citizen just because you want to and your chances of becoming a UK citizen are slim unless you marry or form a civil partnership with a UK citizen or you find a company to sponsor you for a job or you have a huge amount of money to invest in or start a UK company.

If you marry or form a civil partnership with a UK citizen you will be eligible for UK citizenship after 3 years of living with your spouse or partner in the UK. However, the residency requirement is likely to be increased to 6 years in the near future.

If you have some incredible skill, talent or loads of experience and can find a company to sponsor you for a job, you'll be eligible for citizenship after a 6 year residency period.

If you can start or invest in a UK business, depending on the level of investment you may be eligible for citizenship at some point.

Your sibling's father can't sponsor you.
It isn't a matter of just wanting to be a UK Citizen. I mean it isn't like I woke up one morning and said to myself 'I think I want to be British today!'. It is more of a need for my chosen line of work which is linguistics.

I can speak multiple languages including Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Korean. Unfortunatly European languages such a German and French are difficult for me as I see the words and want to pronounce them in the American English way.

I am self employed as I translate business documents between languages on a contract basis.

I may be able to set up a business there depending on the level of investment required.
 

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It isn't a matter of just wanting to be a UK Citizen. I mean it isn't like I woke up one morning and said to myself 'I think I want to be British today!'. It is more of a need for my chosen line of work which is linguistics.

I can speak multiple languages including Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Korean. Unfortunatly European languages such a German and French are difficult for me as I see the words and want to pronounce them in the American English way.

I am self employed as I translate business documents between languages on a contract basis.
And those skills aren't in demand in the US?

I may be able to set up a business there depending on the level of investment required.
To qualify for a Tier 1 Investor you need to have £1,000,000 to invest in a UK business.

UK Border Agency | Tier 1 (Investor)

To qualify for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur you need have £200,000 (or £50,000 if you have access to some specific sources) to set up or take over a UK business with the point being that you are going to be able to provide employment to UK citizens.

UK Border Agency | Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
 

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And those skills aren't in demand in the US?



To qualify for a Tier 1 Investor you need to have £1,000,000 to invest in a UK business.

UK Border Agency | Tier 1 (Investor)

To qualify for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur you need have £200,000 (or £50,000 if you have access to some specific sources) to set up or take over a UK business with the point being that you are going to be able to provide employment to UK citizens.

UK Border Agency | Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
Those skills are in demand in the US but linguistics is the study and documentation of languages. The UK has alot of languages that are not properly recorded. There is such a thing as language extinction. Over 90% of the worlds languages are expected to become extinct by 2050 so there is a race to get as much recorded as possible. My translating work is just to make money to support myself because language documention and study doesn't pay the bills unless you are working as a professor and even then it doesn't pay enough for me as I have expensive tastes.

200,000 British Pounds is roughly 325,000 US Dollars which seems like a fair price to pay for citizenship. It will take some saving to get there it can be done.

Thank you for your help and advice. :)
 

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Who qualifies as a registered sponsor?
Employers who want to hire non-EU citizens must apply for a licence to sponsor from the UKBA. The UKBA decides whether an employer qualifies. Some employers my already have a licence in place and have been allocated a certain number of Certificates of Sponsorship and some have to apply for a licence if they come across an applicant who needs to be sponsored.

At the moment, there are 20,700 Tier 2 visas (work visas) available per year for non-EU citizens. Basically, in order for an employer to hire a non-EU citizen, they have to prove that out the 500 million or so UK and EU citizens, they haven't been able to find an acceptable candidate for the job.
 

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Employers who want to hire non-EU citizens must apply for a licence to sponsor from the UKBA. The UKBA decides whether an employer qualifies. Some employers my already have a licence in place and have been allocated a certain number of Certificates of Sponsorship and some have to apply for a licence if they come across an applicant who needs to be sponsored.

At the moment, there are 20,700 Tier 2 visas (work visas) available per year for non-EU citizens. Basically, in order for an employer to hire a non-EU citizen, they have to prove that out the 500 million or so UK and EU citizens, they haven't been able to find an acceptable candidate for the job.
Wow. The UK must really be hurting for jobs. :(

Since that is out of the question and I like being my own boss I will just have to work alot harder to become a citizen is all by starting my own business. That topic is a whole different animal I am afraid so I should stick to other topics of qualification for the sake of getting this done and not creating multiple threads.

Is there a study guide for required knowledge of the UK? Is there anything else I can do to make myself more qualified? Does my bachelor's degree aid me in any fashion?

Does the UK have different rules for starting a business? I know I am likely to not get this question answered here but perhaps someone knows where I can start looking.
 

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Wow. The UK must really be hurting for jobs. :(

In a word, yes. We are in the midst of a horrible recession and the current government has been doing everything in it's power to stem immigration of all sorts, but protecting UK workers is certainly a priority. There are loads of people out of work and even the most menial jobs will have hundreds of applicants.


Since that is out of the question and I like being my own boss I will just have to work alot harder to become a citizen is all by starting my own business. That topic is a whole different animal I am afraid so I should stick to other topics of qualification for the sake of getting this done and not creating multiple threads.

Is there a study guide for required knowledge of the UK?
Not really. Nothing that is going to help you get visa, anyway. If you ever did get a visa and were here long enough to qualify for residency which is called Indefinite Leave to Remain, you would have to take the Life in the UK test which is a 24 question multiple choice test. As someone from a Westernized country, you shouldn't find it difficult.

Is there anything else I can do to make myself more qualified?
Not really. Of the currently available visas which can lead to citizenship, the only qualifications are one of the following: marriage (or civil partnership), a lot of money or a sought after skill.

Does my bachelor's degree aid me in any fashion?
The Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas are points based and I think you get points for a degree but, it's not going to put you over the top for anything.

Does the UK have different rules for starting a business? I know I am likely to not get this question answered here but perhaps someone knows where I can start looking.
Sorry, don't know.

Is there any possibility that you qualify for citizenship in another European country based on your ancestors?
 

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Marrying to become a citizen is not a route I am willing to go.

If you are self employed will that qualify you for the work visa at all?
There is a category of work visa called Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, and it's for those with international reputation in their field as verified by professional bodies in UK. Only 1000 are issued a year, and you really need to be a uni professor, prestigious prize-winner or author of several specialist books etc. If you have such a reputation in linguistics, then you may have a chance. While your status needs to be endorsed by British Academy, for example, you don't actually need a sponsor as such and can work as self-employed.
 

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Something else to remember is that immigration law is always subject change. The categories and qualifications that are open now could change next week, next month or next year.
 
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