Naturalisation. Financial soundness. Non-payment of council tax

If you apply to naturalise as a British citizen, you must be of good character. One of the factors considered when assessing your character is your financial soundness.

Non-payment of council tax may be an issue affecting your financial soundness, especially if you have unreasonably failed to pay, or if you have provided the local council with false information to avoid paying the correct tax. In such cases, your application for naturalisation will normally be refused.

But if you have not been able to pay your council tax in full or on time because of your poor financial position, your application may be accepted. Just make sure that you have a payment plan agreed with your council before submitting your application for citizenship, and try to avoid having the matter escalated to the court.

If you want to apply for British citizenship or for a British passport and need specialist advice, feel free to contact me. Please note that I am an accredited immigration adviser, not an employee of the UK Visas and Immigration. I charge fees for the advice provided.