Tag Archives: UK Citizenship

British Passports

To be eligible for a British Passport you MUST have British Nationality. If you are a highly skilled professional on a Tier 2 General visa you can apply for Permanent Residence in the UK after 5 years on Tier 2 General and then British Nationality after a further 1 year on Permanent Residence status. (more…)

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Dual Nationality

Dual Nationality can be a massive benefit to many highly skilled professionals from Non EEA Countries. For example an Australian with Duel UK Nationality (and a British Passport) may be able to work freely not just in Australia and the UK but also throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). (more…)

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Right of Abode

Right of Abode is a term used to describe those who have the right to live in the United Kingdom without the need for any immigration restrictions. British Citizens have right of abode in the UK as do some Commonwealth Citizens with a British Parent.

If you are a highly skilled Commonwealth Citizen with Right of Abode and you are considering coming to the UK to work as a highly skilled IT, Engineering, Medical or Financial Services Contractor please get in contact to find out how we can help!

To discuss contracting in the UK call Commonwealth Contractors now on 0800 294 4388 or Submit your Details and we will get right back to you!

Commonwealth Citizens and Right of Abode

You may still be able to claim Right of Abode if on the 31st December 1982 you were:

  1. A Commonwealth citizen with a parent who at the time of your birth or legal adoption was a citizen of the UK because they were born in the UK, OR
  2. A female Commonwealth citizen who was, or had been, married to a man who had Right of Abode. You must have been married to him before the 1st January 1983

Please note that these points DO NOT apply if you were NOT a Commonwealth citizen on the 31st December 1982 or you stopped being a Commonwealth citizen (even temporarily) at any time after that date.

Citizens of South Africa and Pakistan

If you are from South Africa or Pakistan you will not be able to secure Right of Abode as both countries left the Commonwealth before 1983 and only rejoined at a later date.

What if I do not qualify for Right of Abode?

If you do not qualify for Right of Abode you will need to secure a suitable work visa for the UK and now that Tier 1 General has been cancelled the only real option is Tier 2 General.

If you are a highly skilled IT, Engineering, or Financial Services professional Commonwealth Contractors may be able to help with Tier 2 Work Permit Sponsorship.

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Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK

Before you can apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen you first need to pass a ‘Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK’ test. Only on passing the test and gaining a Certificate of approval can you apply for British Citizenship. (more…)

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British Citizenship (Naturalisation)

Most people are Naturalised as British Citizens 1 year after securing Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. There are many benefits to securing British Citizenship (and with it a British Passport) including the ability to work freely throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). (more…)

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UK Settlement and Citizenship Overview

After you have spent a certain period of time in the UK (generally 5 years for skilled workers) you can normally apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (also known as Permanent Residence). Following a further 1 year it is normally possible to apply for Naturalisation as a British Citizen and then a UK Passport. (more…)

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The route to unrestricted working rights & UK Citizenship

If you come to the UK as a Bulgarian or Romanian on an ECAA Visa then you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (also known as Permanent Residence) in the United Kingdom after 5 continuous years. (more…)

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