British Citizenship. – Individuals can acquire British Nationality in different ways including birth in the UK, naturalisation, registration and by descent.
The most common route to British nationality is by naturalisation. This requires an individual to be over 18 years of age, be of good character, intend to make the UK their home, have met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements. The person must also have lived in the UK for at least 5 years (3 years for those with a British spouse) and met the residency requirements.
It is also possible for children and some adults to apply for British nationality by registration. To address an anomaly of previous Nationality law whereby children born abroad only to a British born father could be automatically British, the law was changed to allow children born abroad of British born mothers also to register as British. This registration facility only applies to those born between 7 February 1961 and 1 January 1983 to British born mothers. After 1 January 1983 such children would automatically be British.
UK Ancestry. – Persons born abroad but having documentation to prove they are descended from a UK born grandparent, can apply to come and live and work in the UK. After 5 years here in such capacity, permanent residence may be granted, and subsequently British Citizenship can be applied for.
We at Carter Bedi McKay have considerable knowledge and experience in the area of British nationality and are able to ensure the best chance of a positive outcome with these of application on behalf of our clients