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Why apply for a UK Visa when you could have the passport?

by 1st Contact | Jun 09, 2011
  • Could you be eligible for a British Passport?
  • Immigration


    Are you sure?

    According to Robyn Cory from 1st Contact Visas, there are thousands of people – particularly from Commonwealth countries – who often are not aware they may be eligible through Nationality law at the time of their birth and their ancestry that they may be eligible for a UK passport, when in fact they do qualify.

    “A nationality status trace through 1st Contact Visas, along with the relevant supporting documentation could well put you on your way to British citizenship, and all the possibilities that opens up.”

    A Complicated System

    British nationality law – the UK law concerning British citizenship – is complex because of the UK’s former status as an imperial power.

    Anyone who has attempted to assess their own eligibility for UK citizenship will know it is a long and complicated process through an even more complicated system, with an enormous number of variables.

    The bottom line is that if you’re a citizen of a commonwealth country like South Africa, Australia or New Zealand, Canada etc, you may be able to claim UK nationality depending on a combination of factors including marriages, births, legislation and past relationships between the countries.

    Professional Trace Service

    1st Contact Visas is well positioned to assist with ascertaining your rights to British citizenship by either naturalisation or registration.

    Naturalisation as a British citizen can occur after you have lived in the UK for a qualifying period of up to 5 years on a relevant visa and successfully applied and obtained Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). After holding ILR for a further 12 month period and meeting of continuous residency requirements in the UK, you can apply for Naturalisation, British Citizenship.

    British citizenship can also be obtained by Registration. If for instance you were born prior 1 Jan 1983 and your mother was born in the UK, you will qualify for registration as a British citizen straight away. If you were born prior to 07 Feb 1961, you will only be eligible to hold Right of Abode (RoA) and then once you have resided in the UK for 5 continuous years on this status, you will be eligible to naturalise.

    To find out more or complete the FREE online assessment, visit our visas section or call 0808 141 1664 (UK), 021 657-2180 (South Africa) or 1800 039 300 (Australia).

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