You may be granted British citizenship in two ways:
- If you have successfully registered as a British citizen
- If you have completed 10 years of leave to remain in the UK, get indefinite leave to remain and then successfully apply to become a British citizen.
After you’ve completed 10 years of leave to remain you can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). ILR is considered a settled status. This means that once you have it, there is no time limit on your status and you don’t need to renew it. After a year of having ILR, you can apply for British citizenship.