Citizenship applications

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Naturalisation is the most common way for adults to acquire British citizenship. The naturalisation route to British citizenship enables adults who do not fulfil...

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This Practice Note outlines the key procedural requirements for applications to naturalise as a British citizen, as well as options for challenging refusals. For...

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This Practice Note discusses the powers of the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) to deprive a person of British citizenship status or to declare the...

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This Practice Note aims to assist immigration advisers to research whether a country that is a member of the EEA and Switzerland, permits dual or multiple citizenship....

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Those who apply for naturalisation under s 6(1) or 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981 (BNA 1981) are required to have both sufficient knowledge of the English,...

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Applying to register a minor child as a British citizen is only necessary if the child has not automatically acquired British citizenship. Before an application is made,...

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Once a person reaches the age of 18, any application for British citizenship must be made as an adult, even where it is based on residence as a child. Applications to...

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The schedule of absences spreadsheets below may be used by Lexis®PSL Immigration subscribers to calculate a person’s absences from the UK for the purposes of various...

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Under section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981 (BNA 1981) and BNA 1981, Sch 1, para 1(1)(b), all applicants who apply for naturalisation as a British citizen must...

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On 16 April 2018, following a series of high profile cases concerning long-resident Commonwealth migrants attempting to demonstrate their lawful entitlement to reside in...

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The right of abode—status The right of abode in the UK is an immigration status. A person who has the right of abode is free to live in, and to come and go into and from,...

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Automatic acquisition Automatic acquisition of British citizenship occurs when, on fulfilment of prescribed conditions, a person automatically acquires British...

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