447. Acquisition by naturalisation: spouses and civil partners of British citizens.

An applicant who, on the date of the application1, is married to a British citizen2 or is the civil partner of a British citizen is eligible for naturalisation as a British citizen, and may be granted a certificate of naturalisation by the Secretary of State3 if the following requirements4 are fulfilled:


    (1)     the applicant is of full age and capacity5, and is of good character6;


    (2)     the applicant has a sufficient knowledge of the English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic language7;


    (3)     the applicant has sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom8;


    (4)     the applicant was in the United