BRITISH CITIZENSHIP

British citizenship is regulated by the British Nationality Act of 1984.

Due to Great Britain‘s historic relationship with its former colonies and the British Commonwealth, certain groups of peoples fall into special categories. British citizenship requirements and special considerations for these groups are frequently different than for those considered to be foreign nationals and, to a degree, are different from category to category. Persons included in these special categories are:
- British Dependent Territories Citizens
- British Overseas Citizens
- British Subjects
- British Protected Persons
- Commonwealth Citizens
- Citizens of the Republic of Ireland.
After January 1, 1983, the following qualify for British citizenship:

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH:
- Child born in the United Kingdom, at least one of whose parents is a British citizen or has settled in the United Kingdom.
- Child born in the United Kingdom whose parents are unknown.

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT:
- Child born overseas to a British citizen if at least one of his parents is a British citizen other than by descent.
- Child born overseas to a British citizen in service to the Crown.
- Child born outside of the United Kingdom with certain family connections (unspecified) to the United Kingdom.

OTHER:
- Child adopted by Order of the Court of the United Kingdom.
- Person registered by the Secretary of State as a British citizen. (Often used for children born abroad to British citizens.)

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP SPECIAL CATEGORIES:
Persons falling into these categories may be registered as British citizens if they have lived in the United Kingdom lawfully for five years; the twelve months preceding the application must be of continuous residence.
- British Overseas Citizen
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British Subject
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British Protected Person
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British Dependent Territory Citizen

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP BY NATURALIZATION:
British citizenship may be granted upon fulfillment of the following conditions:
- Person has been a resident of the United Kingdom for five years.
- Persons married to British citizens are required to reside in the United Kingdom for the three years preceding application, with certain restrictions on periods spent outside the United Kingdom.
- Person is of good character and has sufficient knowledge of English, Welsh, or Scottish Gaelic.
- Person intends on remaining in the United Kingdom or entering Crown service.

DUAL BRITISH CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED.

LOSS OF BRITISH CITIZENSHIP:
Unless it is required for other reasons, British citizens need not renounce their citizenship upon obtaining a foreign citizenship. Those who have voluntarily renounced British citizenship are entitled to reacquire it once. Otherwise, the resumption of British citizenship is at the discretion of the Secretary of State.
VOLUNTARY: A completed application for renunciation, together with documentary evidence of citizenship, plus fee, should be submitted to the British Embassy. Application will be sent to England to be processed for approval. In approximately two months the person will receive the processed application as acceptance of the renunciation.

British citizenship information is summarized from the above-mentioned law. Any action concerning British citizenship should be taken after consulting with a British immigration lawyer or the official authority responsible with British citizenship.

22 Thoughts on “BRITISH CITIZENSHIP

  1. Anonymous on November 29, 2006 at 3:08 pm said:

    I am interested in the category “British Citizen by descent”. I believe that those working in “Crown service” abroad are treated as if their children had been born in the UK – i.e can pass on full citizenship not just “by descent citizenship” (which prevents the child from passing on his citizenship to the next generation”. Can anyone confirm this?

  2. Both my parents are British Citizens (not by birth however) -My sister is also a British Citizen. I want to get my citizenship, I was born in the United States– but i’m now 19– will that matter?

  3. I was born in Hong Kong in 1981, which was under British rule up until 1981. I also have a U.S. passport. Will I be able to receive british citizenship ?

    Citizenship by Birth is Suitable For:

    Children born before 1 January 1983 in the United Kingdom

  4. Im interested in getting an EU passsport but am unsure if it is at all possible. my partner has an Bristish passsport as his father was born there. We lived in the uk together for nearly 2 years and now have lived away together from nearly two years! if we ever got married would i be able to apply, or is it possible for me to apply now?

  5. My mother was American (passed away 2 years ago) and had been married to a British Citizen. I grew up in England and my brother was born there. When I was young, I had a British passport. How do I go about claiming my citizenship now that I am 21 years old?

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  7. hello im looking to get british citizen ship but i don’t know how i can…. my parents arn’t and my grandpartents arn’t but i think my great grandparents are…. is there any way to get one by decent,or any other way…. because i live in canada and i can’t go live therefor 4 years…. i don’t know what im going to do??
    like could my grandparents get one, then my dad, then me? can it work liek that??

  8. My husband’s mother was born in belize when it was british honduras she had her british passport but never lived in england. is she still a british citizen? and does my husband qualify for citizenship?

  9. My mom was born in Wales and came to the US as a child. I would like to get my british citizenship. I was born in 1959. Does anyone know how I go about doing this?

  10. i am American with a british mother. i was born in 1980 but have not pursued citizenship. Am i available for british citizenship as well?

  11. Both of my grandparents were born in England. I heard that this meant it was also possible for me to get British citizenship. Is this true?

  12. I am living in the UK as a student for the 7 years. Can I apply for settlement under the 5 year rule?

  13. I am a UK citizen living in Spain and recently married an Non-EU national, I want to obtain a European passport for my wife so that we may travel more freely. I don’t really care if she has a UK or Spanish passport although I initially though it would be easier for her to get a UK passport being married to a British Citizen, however what little research I have done so far seems to suggest the only route for to have a British passport is to live in the U for three years, which I prefer not to do since I have a job here in Spain and we are stable here. I wonder therefore if there is a route for her to obtain Spanish Passport & Citizenship

    Anyone got any ideas?

  14. I am a UK citizen living in Spain and recently married an Non-EU national, I want to obtain a European passport for my wife so that we may travel more freely. I don’t really care if she has a UK or Spanish passport although I initially though it would be easier for her to get a UK passport being married to a British Citizen, however what little research I have done so far seems to suggest the only route for to have a British passport is to live in the UK for three years, which I prefer not to do since I have a job here in Spain and we are stable here. I wonder therefore if there is a route for her to obtain Spanish Passport & Citizenship

    Anyone got any ideas?

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  16. My mum was born in Wales and lived there for 15 yrs, but did not retain her citizenship, and my dad was born on a German army base, and lived out his childhood in Scotland. I live in Canada with them, and I am wondering if I am eligible for British Citizenship (EU passport). I am 19 yrs old (1990).

  17. Good evening….please i’m asking if i have the possibility to get the british nationality through my grandmother which is british from my mother side ( by descent ),i’m 40 of age speak english well,although my mother dont have the british nationality….thank you very much for answering me.

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  19. I am a grand daughter to a british citizen and have lived 27 years abroad.i will like to move in with my grand mother and not too far from my aunties and uncles who are british citizens.What do i do ?

  20. My mother was born in London, but moved to the United States as a child. I am 13, born in the United States, and looking to get a British citizenship. Am I entitled to one? Is my 10-year-old sister entitled to a British citizenship?

  21. My father is from what used to be Rhodesia (and is now Zimbabwe) and most of his family was from South Africa (pre 1941), am I able to apply for citizenship? I still have cousins in England and my family has been in Africa for as long as I know. I want citizenship so badly and this would really help.

  22. If my mother was from England and she moved to the US around 12 years of age with her parents being from the UK and I’m her son born in the US can I be a UK citizen too if so email me cause I would like to move to England rockyroberts3056@msn.com Please be nice thanks

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