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Dual Citizenship UK

The United Kingdom allows British nationals to hold a dual nationality provided all the requirements are checked.

To learn more about UK dual citizenship and how you can acquire one, speak to one of our immigration lawyers today. You can contact us via our online form or on +44 (0)161 826 9783.

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    What is Dual Citizenship or Nationality?

    Dual citizenship or nationality is a legal status where an individual is a national of two countries at the same time and gets to enjoy the rights and privileges of the two countries. Dual citizenships are generally gotten in two ways:

    • A person is born with one citizenship and then acquires another later by naturalisation
    • An individual is born in one country to parents of a different nationality. In this case, the individual receives the nationality of their birth country and also automatically inherits their parent’s citizenship

    Individuals who hold dual or multiple citizenship enjoy certain benefits, such as increased travel freedom. However, nationality laws vary across countries and some countries do not accept dual citizenship. Some other countries only allow dual citizenship in specific countries or circumstances.

    Understanding your home country’s nationality law concerning dual citizenship is essential if you’re looking to naturalise as a British citizen. Certain countries, such as Austria, Netherlands, and Slovakia, only allow you to hold dual nationality if it was acquired by birth.

    This is why you should seek the guidance of our expert immigration lawyers to help you navigate the complexities of acquiring dual citizenship and also help you understand the potential implications and nationality law of your home country. You can reach us on +44 (0)161 826 9783.

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    Does the UK Allow Dual Citizenship?

    The UK allows its citizens to hold dual or multiple citizenships. This means British citizens living abroad can acquire foreign citizenship without losing their British nationality. Foreign nationals in the UK can also obtain British citizenship without losing their existing citizenship.

    To become a British dual citizen, you must apply for UK citizenship by naturalisation, provided you meet the requirements. There’s no special application process for dual nationality. You’ll automatically hold dual citizenship once your British citizenship application is approved.

    However, your ability to become a British citizen depends on your home country’s nationality laws. If your home country does not allow dual nationality, you may have to renounce your original nationality to acquire British citizenship. Otherwise, your country may refuse to recognise your new citizenship.

    Advantages of Dual Nationality

    Obtaining dual citizenship allows you to benefit from the citizenship rights of both countries. You’ll also be able to travel more freely between both countries.

    As a British dual national, you’ll enjoy the same rights and privileges as every British citizen. Some of the advantages of being a British dual nationality include:

    • UK permanent residence: Becoming a British citizen gives you the right to live, work, and study in the UK permanently
    • Right to a British passport: You can apply for a British passport and enjoy easier travel in and out of the UK. The British passport is also among the strongest globally, granting you visa-free access to over 150 countries
    • Access to public funds: You can access public funds and government-funded programmes, including the NHS
    • Right to vote: Holding UK dual citizenship grants you the right to vote and stand for office in UK elections

    Disadvantages of Dual Nationality

    While there are many benefits to holding UK dual citizenship, there are also some disadvantages. They include:

    • Double taxation: Certain countries, such as the US, require citizens to pay tax even when they live abroad and have acquired a second citizenship. You will have to pay taxes both in the UK and the US
    • You must obey the laws of both countries to retain your citizenship
    • You cannot receive assistance from the UK embassy or consulate in your other country
    • There may be some conflict of interest if the UK goes to war with your home country, and you may become a subject of security concern

    Still, the benefits of holding dual citizenship outweigh the disadvantages, except where your home country forbids dual citizenship.

    Eligibility Requirements for UK Dual Citizenship

    You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for British citizenship. You must:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Have resided continuously in the UK for at least five years or three years if you’re applying as the spouse of a British citizen
    • Have held settled status (indefinite leave to remain or pre-settled status) for at least 12 months, unless you’re married to a British citizen or person with settled status
    • Have spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during the five years of residence
    • Have not spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12 months before your citizenship application
    • Pass the Life in the UK test
    • Have a good understanding of the English Language
    • Intend to continue living in the UK
    • Be of good character
    • Have no UK immigration violation history

    There may be other applicant-specific requirements, depending on your circumstances.

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      Applying For Dual Citizenship in the UK

      Overview

      You can apply for UK citizenship by yourself or enlist the help of an OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) registered agent. The application can be made online or by post. The steps to applying for British citizenship are as follows:

      1. Determine your eligibility. Go through the eligibility requirements to ensure you meet the criteria for British citizenship.
      2. Gather supporting documentation. Collect all documents relevant to your stay in the UK that support your citizenship eligibility.
      3. Complete the online application form and upload all required supporting documentation.
      4. Pay the citizenship application fee – £1,630.
      5. Schedule and attend an appointment at the UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) to submit your biometric information.
      6. Wait for a decision.

      You’ll typically get a decision on your application within six months. However, it may take longer if additional considerations are needed. You may be required to attend a citizenship ceremony if your application is approved.

      It is advisable you seek the help of an immigration expert when applying for British citizenship because the application process could be too complex to navigate all by yourself and any slight mistake could result in delay or rejection.

      Documents Required for UK Citizenship Application

      When applying for British citizenship, you must provide the following documents as proof that you meet the requirements.

      • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
      • Your other passport
      • Proof of continuous residence in the UK
      • Proof of English language, Welsh, or Scottish Gaelic proficiency
      • Your Life in the UK test result

      This list is not exhaustive, and other case-specific evidence may be required.

      Which Countries Allow Dual Citizenship?

      Here are some countries that allow dual citizenship with the UK:

      Armenia Hungary Switzerland
      Australia Iceland Spain
      Barbados Israel Philippines
      Belgium Italy Poland
      Bangladesh Ireland Thailand
      Bulgaria Kenya Turkey
      Canada Latvia South Korea
      Cyprus Lebanon Luxembourg
      Denmark Liechtenstein Serbia
      Egypt Malta Romania
      Finland Portugal Croatia
      France Pakistan South Africa
      Greece Sweden United States
      Germany Syria

      Austria, Netherlands, and Slovakia only permit dual citizenship for those who acquire it by birth. When in doubt as to whether your country permits dual citizenship, you should seek the guidance of our immigration lawyer and we would be happy to help you.

      Which Countries Do Not Allow Dual Citizenship?

      The following countries do not allow dual nationality and will require you to renounce your citizenship to take on British citizenship.

      Andorra Fiji Nepal
      Azerbaijan India Estonia
      Myanmar Indonesia Malaysia
      Bahrain Iran Mauritius
      Japan Kuwait Norway
      China North Korea Singapore
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        How Manchester Immigration Lawyers Can Help You

        Obtaining a British dual nationality is a complex process that requires expertise in UK immigration policies. Although individuals can file citizenship applications themselves, they may have a limited understanding of the nuances of UK immigration rules. Plus, it can be a time-consuming and stressful process.

        It’s best to seek guidance from an expert immigration lawyer.

        Manchester Immigration Lawyers can help you with your citizenship applications. Our expert immigration lawyers are conversant with UK immigration laws and have several years of experience assisting people in acquiring British dual citizenship.

        We provide personalised support to all our clients. Our qualified lawyers will guide you through each step of the application process. We will ensure your eligibility and acceptance of your dual-national status by your home country before you submit your application. We’ll also assist in gathering supporting documents, filing your application, and maintaining contact with the UKVCAS until you obtain dual nationality status.

        Contact us at +44 (0)161 826 9783 or via the online contact form today for inquiries and support with your dual citizenship application.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  Both the United Kingdom and the US allow dual nationality. So a US citizen can get dual citizenship in the UK.

                  India does not allow dual nationality. Indians who want to obtain British dual citizenship may have to renounce their original citizenship.

                  UK citizenship applications are typically processed within six months. However, it may take longer.

                  UK citizenship application costs £1,630, excluding the cost of the Life in the UK and language tests.

                  The ‘Life in the UK test‘ is required to prove that you have sufficient knowledge about the UK. It includes personal questions, questions about current affairs in the UK, and the history of Britain. You must pass this test to obtain British citizenship.

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