British Nationality Law

British Nationality Law is known to be complicated. There are several types of citizenship. Each of which has different rights.

You can apply for British nationality a number of ways. It is dependent on your current status. Often people are unsure if they meet the requirements to apply. They are often confused as to the category that they should apply under.

To make it easier, we have outlined the types of British Nationality applications:

British Citizenship

British Citizenship is the most common type of application. It grants you rights to live permanently in the UK. Also to leave and re-enter without restriction. However, your other rights may vary case to case.

It is important to note that British citizens can carry more than one nationality. However, we recommend that you check the other nations laws before applying for dual nationality.

You may be entitled to British citizenship as a right. For instance, you would be entitled through the process of registration or naturalisation. It is important to note, if an application for registration or naturalisation is refused then there is no right of appeal.

Therefore, it is important to get the right legal advice. We are experts.

British Overseas Citizens (BOC)

Many apply for British Nationality from former British Colonies. Such as Kenya and Malaysia.

In majority of cases, those who had status by virtue of a connection with a former colony lost it automatically when the colony attained independence.

We help advise on whether you could apply.

British Overseas Territories Citizenship

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

It might be that you could apply through this route.

British National (Overseas)

If you are not already a British overseas national then you cannot apply to be one. But if you have a connection with a British overseas territory you might be a British National (Overseas).

So if you give our team your background. We can assess your situation and provide advice to assist any application.

British Protected Person (BPP)

British protected persons have limited rights in terms of living and working in the UK. Therefore, they can:

  • hold a British passport in that status;
  • be regarded as British nationals; and
  • receive consular assistance and protection from United Kingdom diplomatic posts.

But they are restricted and are:

  • subject to immigration controls and do not have any right to live or work without those controls;
  • unable to vote in elections;
  • unable to hold certain public offices;
  • not considered to be British nationals by the European Community.

British nationality law continues to remain as complicated as ever. Therefore surprisingly there are some people who are unaware of their British National eligibility. You should also be aware that authorities have the power to strip people of their British nationality. But only in certain circumstances. Something we can argue should it happen to you.

If you wish to claim British nationality or require assessment then contact us today on 020 7242 1666. Our specialist immigration lawyers will guide you through your application.

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