Understanding citizenship law


If you live in the UK, or want to become a British citizen, you must be aware of the citizenship law that applies to your particular circumstances. Citizenship law is enshrined in the British Nationality Act 1981 that defines six types of British citizenship:

  • British citizenship
  • British overseas citizenship
  • British overseas territories citizenship
  • British national (overseas)
  • British protected person
  • British subject

You should also be aware that citizenship law is influenced by your immigration status. The Immigration Act 1971 gives details of those people that have the right to live and work in the UK. You should always use citizenship law and immigration law together when determining your status.

Generally, under citizenship law in the UK, you can prove your British nationality with a UK passport. However, you should be fully aware of the documents you need to produce in order to apply for the UK passport. The Identity and Passport Service can give you more details about these supporting documents. If you do not have the required documents, you can apply for a nationality status certificate.

If your status comes into question, the help and advice of an immigration and identity solicitor can be invaluable. They can help you fight any case that has been brought against you that could seek to revoke any citizenship status you may have at the moment, and deport you from the country. Always contact a qualified solicitor as early as possible as this will give your case the best chance of a successful outcome.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about British citizenship, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist citizenship / immigration solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local citizenship / immigration solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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