You were born – and probably still are – a British citizen. In such situations, the relevant mother is considered as being British other than by descent and passes British citizenship to her children. You can apply for your British passport.
Parents cannot obtain British citizenship through their children, however, children can obtain British citizenship through their parents.
British citizenship by descent is when a person born abroad is able to acquire citizenship through the immigration status of one or both parents. Find out more about citizenship by descent and whether you could be eligible. For more information speak with our team today on 0333 305 9375.
You can apply for a British passport if you're a: British citizen. British overseas territories citizen. British overseas citizen.
British citizenship by descent allows individuals who were not born in the UK to become British citizens on the basis of a parent's, or in some cases grandparent's, British status.
Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries. You do not need to apply for dual citizenship. You can apply for foreign citizenship and keep your British citizenship.
As a British national it is important to know what type of nationality status that you hold as your rights will vary depending on the status that you hold. Generally, British citizenship is the only nationality that allows you to live and work in the UK without being subject to immigration time restrictions.
It is a rare instance where British Nationality can be derived by TRIPLE DESCENT - that is, from a great grandfather. It applies to a child who meets ALL of the following criteria: A child under the age of 18. The parent of this child was born BEFORE 01.01.1983 AND spent 3 years in the UK in the past.
What is British citizenship by double descent? British citizenship by double descent is the term used to refer to inheriting British citizenship from a grandparent. As mentioned previously, it's uncommon for British citizenship to pass down more than one generation by descent.
Eligibility and fees. You can apply for citizenship if you've lived in the UK for 5 years and have had one of the following for 12 months: indefinite leave to remain in the UK. 'settled status' (also known as 'indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme')
By acquiring British citizenship by descent, you can become a UK national even if you were born abroad. You can get your citizenship status on the basis of a parent's or, in some cases, grandparent's British nationality.
Drawbacks of being a dual citizen include the potential for double taxation, the long and expensive process for obtaining dual citizenship, and the fact that you become bound by the laws of two nations.
You're usually automatically a British citizen if you were both: born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983. born when one of your parents was a British citizen or 'settled' in the UK.
There are 6 different types of British nationality.
You are allowed to spend time outside of the UK so long as these periods of absence do not exceed 6 months at any one time. It does not matter how much time you spend outside of the UK in total during the required 5-year continuous residence period provided you return each time after a maximum of 6 months.
There are no real restrictions or definitive rules on which passport you use to book a flight, or any other form of international travel whether via ferry or train. For example, the British passport may allow visa-free entry to more countries than your other passport.
If you or your parents were born in the UK, you might automatically be a British citizen. Check if you're a British citizen based on whether you were: born in the UK or a British colony before 1 January 1983.
You can book an appointment up to 3 weeks in advance. If you need a passport to travel urgently for medical treatment or because a friend or family member is seriously ill or has died, call the 'Passport Adviceline' instead.
In 2022, it costs £1,330 to make an application to naturalise as a British citizen. This includes the fee for the citizenship ceremony. In recent years the UK government has not increased the mandatory fee of £1,330 but this is subject to a review.