What defines a UK citizen?
British citizenship is the legal status defined in the British Citizenship Act 1981 which gives British citizens the right to citizenship if they have their own residence, whether this status was granted automatically or by administrative action under the law.
The 1981 British Nationality Act also provides other forms for British nationality: UK citizens are just one form of British nationality.
What can you do with British citizenship?
Our citizenship can have many benefits, such as the freedom to live with your family, the right to vote in elections, work, claim benefits and have a British passport. Our freedoms include but are not limited to:
- The right to live permanently in the UK
- Free healthcare and medical treatment
- Benefit from a healthy economy
- Receive a British passport which allows unrestricted entry into the UK
- Full civic rights such as the right to vote in elections
- Leave and entry into the UK without being subject to immigration controls
How powerful is a UK passport?
Holders of a UK passport can fly to over 186 countries without a visa.
Currently, the UK passports ranks as 6th in global passport ranking.
The UK allows citizens to obtain 2 separate passports; one UK and one non-UK.
It should be noted that these passports will have two different passport numbers, and they are considered totally unique to each other.
What are the benefits of a British passport after Brexit?
Despite Brexit uncertainty British Citizens are now considering extending their visas to the UK.
British citizenship offers numerous advantages and passports are considered extremely valuable as British travellers can easily travel from and to many other places.
Since leaving the European Union, British citizens can no longer use EU membership.
Pre Brexit, Brits had freedom to move around Europe without many immigration constraints.
Brexit control mean UK citizens do not have an automatic right to live and work in EU countries.
A UK citizen can stay in a country within the Schengen Area for up to 90 days. To stay in the Schengen Area for longer than 90 days, a visa or travel permit is required.
Can British citizens have dual nationalities?
The UK’s Government allows British citizens dual citizenship.
This means you could have British citizenship while retaining an original nation and you could gain benefits by acquiring two different forms of citizenship.
Dual nationality is allowed only when a person is in the same country and some countries require a renunciation of citizenship for a foreign citizen.
It will be necessary to check whether there are any nationality laws in their respective country.
Although dual citizenship has advantages for both nations, it can be useful to remember you might have to uphold duty as a citizen for one or the other nation.
How can Newcastle Immigration Lawyers help you?
UK residents enjoy various rights. British citizenship offers many advantages, but application for British citizenship can become complicated at times.
Our Immigration Attorney team provides legal advice for people who wish to become citizens, or have questions about their current citizenship.
We have immigration specialists who can assist you in submitting an Immigration Application for UK citizenship.
Our lawyers can assist you with completing the registration application for UK passports by helping you prepare the documentation, and to speak to the Immigration Department.
Our immigration lawyers and consultants have successfully processed over 5000 applications and are open 7 days a week from 7.30am to 10. Call us now on 028 4379 8564
Frequently Asked Questions
UK citizens rights are protected under the Human Rights Act 1998. UK citizens rights include:
- The right to life
- The right to respect private and family life
- The right to personal liberty
- The right to humane treatment
- The right to a fair trial
- The right to religious freedom
- The right to freedom of expression
- The right to non-discrimination
- The right to the protection of property
- The right to education
The Common Travel Area is an agreement between England, Scotland and the Scottish Isles, Wales, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, and Ireland, that allows British and Irish citizens to live and move freely within it.
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