In 2010, 195,130 foreign citizens naturalised as British citizens, up from a five year average of 162,704 from 2005-2009.
English language requirements and the Life in the UK test account for a small percentage of rejected naturalisation applications, although these requirements may deter additional potential applicants.
About half of grants of naturalisation are to foreign nationals who have lived in the UK for the required five years, plus one additional year as a settled resident for non-EEA/Swiss nationals. Most of the other half is split between spouses and civil partners of British citizens and minor children registering as citizens. Among British citizens naturalising in 2009, the largest groups by citizenship were from India (13% of the 2009 total), Pakistan (10%), Bangladesh (6%), and the Philippines (6%).