British Nationality Law is considerably complex and is known to be one the most complicated laws of the United Kingdom. There are several types of citizenship, each of which has different rights.

Depending on your current nationality status, you may be able to apply for British nationality in several ways. Often, not only are people unsure if they meet the requirements of application, they are often confused with what type of British nationality category they fit in. British nationality applications may be made in the following categories:

British Citizenship

British Citizenship is the most common type of British nationalities. This category grants certain rights to live permanently in the UK and to leave and re-enter without any restrictions. Other rights may vary according to how the British citizenship was obtained. British nationality law allows a British citizen to carry more than one nationality. However, laws of other countries may not allow this; it is therefore recommended that you check with the authorities of the concerned country first.

British Citizenship may be obtained as a right, for instance, as an entitlement through the process of registration or by obtaining naturalization. However, if an application made for citizenship by registration or naturalization is refused, there is unfortunately no right of appeal. A professional and reliable legal advice is very important for the best possible chances of your application.

British Overseas Citizens (BOC)

Quite a few applicants derive their status from former colonies, such as Kenya and Malaysia.

British Overseas Territories Citizenship

This is a category of citizenship that was created by the British Nationality Act 1981, which is for people connected with British Overseas Territories. The following are some of the countries that were known as the British Overseas Territories; Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands etc.

British National (Overseas)

If you are not already a British national (overseas), you cannot apply to become one. But if you have a connection with a British overseas territory, you may be a British citizen, British overseas territories citizen or British overseas citizen.

British Protected Person (BPP)

British protected persons have limited rights in terms of living and working in the United Kingdom. They:

Can hold a British passport in that status;

Are regarded as British nationals; and

Can receive consular assistance and protection from United Kingdom diplomatic posts.

But they:

Are subject to immigration controls and do not have any right to live or work in the United Kingdom without those controls;

Are not able to vote in elections in the United Kingdom;

Are not able to hold certain public offices in the United Kingdom;

Are not considered to be United Kingdom nationals by the European Community.

British nationality law continues to remain as complicated as ever and surprisingly there are some people who are unaware of their eligibility of British Nationality. The authorities have the power to deprive people of their British nationality in certain circumstances, which brings an open challenge that we can help you with.

If you wish to claim British nationality or require assessment, contact us today on 020 7242 1666. Our specialist immigration lawyers will guide you in the right direction and process the application for you.

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