How to apply for dual citizenship
To apply for dual citizenship, you need to make an application for naturalisation as a British citizen. When doing this, you can opt to retain your current citizenship status — from your home country. Depending on where your home country is, this will be allowed and you will become a British dual citizen. It is worth remembering however that not all countries allow for dual citizenship, so in some cases, you will lose your citizenship to your home country when applying for British citizenship. Having British Dual Nationality means that you can become a British Citizen whilst retaining citizenship of your native country at the same time. Dual Citizenship in the UK gives you the right to live and work legally in Britain as a permanent resident.
How can IAS help with your application for British dual nationality?
Our highly-experienced team of lawyers will support you in applying 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. Our immigration lawyers are highly experienced in making British dual nationality applications. We can assign you a lawyer who can work with you through each step of the British dual nationality application process. They will help you source and gather your evidence, into a bundle which suits the Home Office’s processing methods. They will also oversee your entire application process, liaising with the Home Office on your behalf. As part of our application services, your lawyer will also write an in-depth Letter of Representation which supports your application. This letter will argue your case directly to the Home Office, strengthening your application. Alongside this, they will also prepare you for the compulsory ‘Life in the UK’ test and your English Language test to put you in the best possible position for a positive result. Contact us now on 0333 363 8577 or use our online contact form to speak with an immigration lawyer and help you take your first steps towards gaining Dual Citizenship in the UK.
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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 with Indefinite Leave to Remain for 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.
If you want to gain British Citizenship for a child born abroad, there are certain processes which you must go through.
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 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 the 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 Dual Citizenship UK.
- confirming that you have adequate documentation for your application;
- preparing a Letter of Representation to be submitted with your application;
- liaising with the Home Office throughout your application; and
- ensuring that each part of your application form is completed to the highest standard by one of our lawyers.
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. Get in touch with one of our immigration lawyers on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online and make your first steps towards becoming a British Dual Citizen.