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British Nationality

Due to Britain’s colonial past, British nationality law is quite complicated. It recognises several forms of citizenship each of which has different rights attached to it. As London solicitors specialising in UK immigration services, we are in a position to afford you professional advice and representation in making British nationality applications.

British nationality applications may be made in any of the following categories:

  • British citizenship: This is the most common type of British nationality. Although this category provides an automatic right to live in the UK and to leave and re-enter freely, other rights vary according to how the British citizenship was acquired.
  • British Overseas citizens (BOC). Most of these derive their status from former colonies, such as Malaysia and Kenya.
  • British Overseas Territories citizenship (formerly British Dependent Territories citizenship) (BOTC) nearly all of whom are now British citizens
  • British Nationals (Overseas) (BNO) are those former Hong Kong British Overseas territories citizens who applied for the status of BNO before the handover of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China
  • British subjects most of whom derived their status as British subjects as it existed before 1949.
  • British protected persons (BPP)

British nationality law remains as complicated as ever and some people who may be eligible for British nationality may not even be aware of it. The Secretary of State has the power to deprive people of their British nationality in certain circumstances. This is open to challenge and we can advise and represent you by way of appeal to our domestic courts.

If you believe that you have a claim to British nationality or if all you require is a checking service as to whether you have a claim, we will provide you with professional advice relevant to your situation and assist you if you qualify to submit a British nationality application to the Home Office.