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If you want to be a national of your home country and the UK, you can apply for Dual Citizenship, or British Dual Nationality.
Having British Dual Nationality means that you can become a British Citizen whilst retaining citizenship of your native country at the same time. Having Dual Citizenship in the UK gives you the right to live and work legally in Britain as a permanent resident.
Our highly-experienced team of lawyers will help you prepare for your application for British Citizenship. We will make sure that you are eligible and that your home country will still accept your status as a dual-national before you apply. We will also help you prepare for your ‘Life in the UK’ test, your English Language test and your application for Dual Citizenship.
In order to be eligible to make a successful application for Dual Citizenship in the UK, you will need to have lived in the UK under an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) grant for a minimum of five years.
As with an application for full British Citizenship, an application to gain British Dual Nationality in the UK will also require the applicant to complete and pass a ‘Life in the UK’ test. You must also meet the English Language requirements, proving that you can communicate in English to a competent level.
You do not need to renounce your existing citizenship as many countries will let you have Dual Nationality when you apply for British Citizenship. If you are a national of a country that does not allow this, your country of origin may regard you as having lost your existing nationality or refuse to recognise your new nationality. If you are currently a British Citizen you will not normally lose this status if you become the citizen of another country unless the new country requires you to give up your British Nationality.
This is something that many applicants are unaware of and often forget to check before they undergo the application process. If you are in any doubt before you apply for UK Citizenship, our team of expert lawyers and solicitors are available to assist you with any queries or concerns you might have.
The ‘Life in the UK test‘ is an official government service required to prove that you have an appropriate knowledge of UK life. It includes questions about the history of Britain, current UK affairs, and personal questions and you must pass it in order to be granted British Dual Nationality.
The ‘Life in the UK’ test is a separate requirement to the English language requirements which you must also meet in order to be granted British Dual Citizenship.
We can also help you prepare for your Life in the UK test and ensure that you are ready for your English Language test. This will allow you the maximum chances of success. Contact us now to speak with one of our immigration lawyers and make your first steps towards becoming a British Dual Citizen.
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