British citizenship & nationality
British nationality is defined in law. The United Kingdom’s British nationality laws are amongst the most complex in the world, due to the UK's former status as an imperial power. There are several different classes of British national, the most common being British citizens.
Nobody has to become a British citizen, if they are not one already, but British citizenship can bring considerable benefits and advantages. An adult will normally ‘become’ British by a process called naturalisation. For children under the age of 18 years, the process is called registration. In very limited circumstances, an adult may also become British by registration.
Whether a person has a claim to British nationality can be determined by applying the definitions and requirements of the British Nationality Act 1981 and related legislation to the facts of their date and place of birth and descent. Due to the complexities of British nationality law, a person may be unsure as to whether they have a claim to British nationality; it may be necessary to trace a person’s family history, sometimes going back several generations.
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UK Border Agency application fees are expensive, especially for naturalisation applications. If an application for naturalisation as a British citizen is refused, the UKBA fee will not be refunded and there will not be a statutory right of appeal.
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Listed below are the statutory requirements for naturalisation as a British citizen.