What is Dual Citizenship?
Dual citizenship in the UK is a legal status where you are a citizen of both the United Kingdom and another country at the same time.
It can be beneficial for people who want to travel freely between countries, or for those who have family ties in another country.
There are some disadvantages (such as double tax burden, military obligations, or exemptions from certain government schemes) of being a dual citizen, but they are generally outweighed by the benefits.
The UK allows dual citizenship for many countries around the world, but there are some exceptions.
- What is Dual Citizenship?
- Benefits of UK Dual Citizenship
- UK Dual Nationality
- Which Countries Allow Dual Citizenship With the UK
- Countries Which Do Not Allow Dual Citizenship With the UK
- UK Dual Nationality Eligibility
- Cost of British Citizenship
- Applying for Dual Citizenship in the UK
- How Long Does It Take to Become a British Citizen?
- How Can You Lose British Citizenship?
- How can London Immigration Lawyers help?
Benefits of UK Dual Citizenship
If you are a non-British citizen planning to move to the UK, you might want to consider applying for dual citizenship. Here are some of the benefits of UK dual citizenship:
1. Staying in Both Countries
You can live in both countries at the same time. This means that if your spouse or children have moved to another country and you wish to retire there, then you can still go back to England for a holiday or even stay there for longer periods of time without losing your rights as an Englishman.
2. Right to Vote
You have the right to vote in elections for both countries. In fact, many people take advantage of this privilege by voting twice during elections; this is legal in most countries with dual citizenship laws.
Note that some countries only allow voting for the Parliamentary elections and not the local elections. Also, if you have lived outside the UK for over 15 years, you won’t be able to vote for neither Parliamentary elections nor local elections.
3. Travel Freely
You can travel freely around the UK without having to worry about visas or passports. As long as you have your British passport with you, there should be no problems when travelling as a dual citizen.
4. Access to Social Benefits
When you hold dual citizenship, you will be able to access social benefits from both countries. This includes healthcare, unemployment benefits and other government-funded programs.
UK Dual Nationality
Dual nationality is when you are a citizen of more than one country, or you have multiple citizenship.
This can be because you were born in one place and then moved to another, or it could be because of your parents’ nationalities.
There are also different types of dual citizenship:
Dual Citizenship by Birth
If you were born in the UK or a British Overseas Territory, then you have to confirm your eligibility and register for citizenship.
You might also be eligible if you have a parent who is a British citizen, but it depends on where and when you were born, and your parents’ circumstances.
For example, if both of your parents are British citizens or one of them is and the other has indefinite leave to remain in the UK, then you may be eligible for registration as a British citizen.
Dual Citizenship by Naturalization
If you want to apply for a second citizenship through naturalization in another country, they may require that you renounce your original citizenship.
For example, if you’re Indian but want to become American as well, you would need to give up your Indian passport once granted American citizenship.
Which Countries Allow Dual Citizenship With the UK
There are many countries which allow dual citizenship. Some of the countries that permit UK dual citizenship include:
- Czech Republic
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
- United States
Countries Which Do Not Allow Dual Citizenship With the UK
Here is a list of countries which do not allow dual citizenship with the UK.
UK Dual Nationality Eligibility
If you are a UK citizen and want to become a dual citizen, there are certain requirements that must be met. The first step is to determine if you are eligible for dual nationality in the UK, which means that you have both British citizenship and another citizenship from another country.
In order to be eligible, you have to be:
- Age 18 or over
- Have lived in the UK for at least 12 months (unless married to a British citizen or settled person)
- You must have passed the English language requirement and Life in the UK test
- Have not breached UK immigration rules during your qualifying residency period
In addition to meeting the above requirements, you must also have another citizenship or be entitled to another citizenship.
Cost of British Citizenship
The application fee is £1330.
This includes the cost of the citizenship test and associated administration fees. In addition to this, you will need to submit your biometrics (fingerprints and photo).
You’ll also need an IELTS Life Skills Test if your application requires proof of language skills. The price for this test varies depending on where and when it is administered; however, it averages around £190.
There are also other costs that you may have to pay such as the citizenship ceremony fee. For example, if your child turns 18 during the application process, you have to pay a £80 fee.
Applying for Dual Citizenship in the UK
The first step is to make sure that your current citizenship is not in conflict with UK citizenship laws. For example, if you have a foreign citizenship and one of those countries does not allow its citizens to hold multiple citizenships at once, then you will need to renounce the other citizenship before applying for UK dual citizenship.
The next step is to apply for British Nationality. This can be done through the Home Office website or by contacting them directly via phone or email. You will need to provide documents proving your identity and eligibility for citizenship as well as proof of your residency in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for at least three years (this is for those who have married a British citizen) prior to making your application (unless there are extenuating circumstances).
After applying for British Citizenship, if you meet all requirements then they will issue you a certificate stating that they have accepted your application and are processing it further until they decide whether or not they will grant it.
If they approve your application then they’ll send an official letter stating that you are now officially a citizen of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
How Long Does It Take to Become a British Citizen?
Becoming a British citizen is not as simple as filling out a form and sending it off. There are many steps involved in the process, which can take a few months. The length of time it takes to become a citizen depends on your circumstances and whether you have any criminal convictions or immigration violations on your record.
Once your application has been accepted by the British government, there will be another waiting period before you are called in for an interview with immigration officers. This interview usually takes place at an immigration office near where you live.
If there are no issues with your application, or if they discover something during the interview that requires further investigation, then they will contact you to inform you whether or not they have approved your application. If they approve it then they will send you a certificate of naturalization, which is proof that you’re now officially a British citizen!
How Can You Lose British Citizenship?
There are two main ways that you can lose your British citizenship: by renouncing it or by having it revoked.
Renunciation is the simpler of the two processes, but it also has some major drawbacks. The first problem is that you have to pay a fee of £372 to renounce your British citizenship, and there are no exceptions.
Also, if you have any criminal convictions, then there’s no way for you to renounce your citizenship—you’ll have to wait until those convictions are pardoned or expunged from your record.
If you’re accused of treason against Britain and convicted, then they’ll revoke your citizenship automatically without even asking permission from anyone else—and once your citizenship has been revoked this way, there’s no way for anyone else to give it back again.
How Can London Immigration Lawyers Help?
If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, you may be eligible for obtaining dual citizenship. If this is the case, you can maintain your British citizenship while also becoming a citizen of another country. This can be an important decision to make and it’s important that you make it carefully.
Our immigration lawyers can help with this process. They have experience with both British law and the laws of other countries and they can help you decide if dual citizenship is right for you.
We can also help if there are problems with your application or if there is any conflict between British law and the laws of another country in which you want to apply for citizenship.
Call our London immigration lawyers on 020 4502 8582 for immediate help & assistance with your situation. We’re here to help you in person, via the phone or online.
Last modified on July 17th, 2023 at 9:03 am
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