British Citizenship – Benefits

British citizenship

Obtaining British citizenship is a goal and a dream for many people around the world. British citizenship has a lot to offer. Here are what you can expect once you become a British citizen.

The right to live permanently in the UK
You can freely move to the U.K. and enjoy the benefits of settlement, including the ability to purchase property work, open a bank account, marry in the U.K. and more.

Free medical care
The UK National Health Service began in 1948, and is one of the largest organisations in Europe. It provides all UK residents with free healthcare and treatment.

No work restrictions
UK citizens do not need to apply for any work permits. They have access to all the government job search services and unemployment allowances.

Stable society and economy
The Pound is a fairly strong and reliable currency. The UK economy is quite resilient even in a period of world financial crisis. The UK has a stable government and a moderate population, where discrimination and sexual harassment for example are illegal.

Receiving a British passport and unrestricted entry to the UK
Once you get British citizenship, you can apply for a UK passport. That means you will no longer be subject to immigration controls. Don’t get lured by certain agencies or websites who pretend that they can get you a British passport. In fact, they absolutely cannot speed up the process for you. You should just apply directly with the UK government’s Identity and Passport Service (IPS), as the process is not difficult. All citizens (aged 16 and over) applying for a passport for the first time must attend an interview with IPS in person to confirm their identity.

The right to vote
All UK-born and naturalised citizens have full civic rights, including the right to vote in a parliamentary, local or European election. This gives you a voice in the governing of the country. To vote, you must have your name on the register of electors, known as the electoral register.

Standing for office
Most citizens of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over can stand for public office. There are some exceptions and these include members of the armed forces, civil servants and people found guilty of certain criminal offenses.

European Union
The British citizenship gives you the advantages of being a European Union (EU) citizen. For example, you will be allowed to travel and work anywhere in the EU without any special work permits or travel permits.

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43 Comments » for British Citizenship – Benefits
  1. guangyuan lin says:


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  5. alumita inoke says:

    if i cannot change my old UK address to a bfpo address(in germany)can i ask for my old registration to be deleted to enable me to register once again for life in the UK with the new BFPO address in germany?since it is my husbands new posting?

    • admin says:

      Hello Alumita Inoke. We can help you prepare and pass your Life in the UK test, but for any questions regarding the official requirements for the Life in the UK test, you should contact the Life in the UK test helpline on the number below:
      0800 0154245
      Opening hours for the helpdesk is Monday to Friday 8-6.
      Good luck!

  6. Tejas Oza says:

    Very useful article, helped me in making decision to apply for British Citizenship.

  7. DirtyDonki says:

    No real benefit over ILR as all the items listed above apply to someone with ILR except for EU working. Travel within EU is also free on ILR.

    IMHO Citzenship is just another waste of time costing £800+.

  8. kay says:

    If I wanna get married to my romanian bf, where would I go to register the marriage in london?

  9. soydan says:

    Hello there, is there anyone can bright me with some questions that I need to know the answers please. What do i have to do to get uk citizionship passport? Do i only need to get life in the uk test certificates? Or do i also need entry-level 3 beside of it ? And how long do I have to wait to apply

    Hello there, is there anyone can bright me with some help please. I became a uk residents in 15th May 2013 and how long do I have to wait to apply for citizenship passport? Do i only need to get life in the uk test certificates? or do i also need entry-level 3 beside Of it before I apply to British passport? Many thanks.

  10. Kaypee says:

    I got British citizenship in 2006, I was living in India at that time and moved to USA in 2007, since then I am in USA. I lived in UK for a short period of 3 months in 2007.
    I am 59 yrs. old, what benefit I can get now or at retirement age.
    Is it necessary to be in UK to get any benefits?

  11. bishnu lamichhane says:

    i have just completed 4 years in uk as a domestic worker so one more year to go for five years ,i have to prepare for life in uk test as well ,how will i go about ?and when should i start ? when can i apply for British citizen after 5 years or just couple months before completing 5 years ? thank you

  12. sabinna says:

    I would like to ask if I need when I application for british citizen Do i only need to get life in the uk test certificates? Or its fine have paper from school and have entry-level 3 beside of it ? Thank you x

  13. elizabeth.kirk@live.com says:

    I am a British citizen (through decent) and have a British passport. I am hoping to move to the UK from Australia in July. My 12 year old son was born in Australia and has an Australian passport, can he stay with me indefinitely or does he also have to have a British passport?
    Hope you can help, or point me in the right direction to someone who can…
    Cheers, Liz Kirk

  14. samir says:

    My parents have abritish passport .

    iam 27 years old

    can i submit for stellment or british passport ?

  15. morlan says:

    Most of this is illusionary, the benefits system is designed to develop a social underclass, the NHS is only free in parts (Although it’s going to be given away to make profits), to stand for office you have to have a lot of money behind you making it only an option for the privileged classes (yes we STILL have a class system), yes you can vote, but it doesn’t mean anything and even if it did there is very little difference between the parties, we likely wont be in the EU for much longer. Basically England is little more than a prison, if you do not believe me, try and leave without asking permission from the warders. The UK passport’s woth basically comes down to how much you could sell it for, apart from that its a shackle.

  16. Ahmed says:

    Hi I have uk travel ducoment and expired can I renewing if I have no money to applying British passport thank you

  17. babak says:

    hi.good day.
    I will be studing very recently in uk.i am married with 1 daughter.
    I have a plan for my next baby to be born when we are at uk.
    1.May i know the delivery costs and hospital fees for my wife as long as i may have tier 4 visa for studing there?
    2.will my baby,who will be born in uk have benefits of a uk citizen.will he or she get uk passport?

  18. Mohammad Latif says:

    Most respected dear sir

    if son has citizenship of uk
    can he get citizenship for his father

    kindly reply

  19. Irfan Rafi says:

    I am British Citizen and hold British Passport.I spent only Ist five yrs of my life in UK and since than never been to UK. What benefits can nw I get.

  20. usama naveed says:

    Hey i want to know that i am a british citizen have red passport.But never went to england.Can u plzz tell me what benefits will i get now i am 18 years old if i come to england??

  21. joseph says:

    Good day,
    I was born in Jamaica never been to the UK before but I got my citizenship from my dad who was born there, can I claim any benefits when I go there?

  22. Rohail says:

    Hi, all i wanted to ask is that IF someone in UK who is a citizen and has no job OR is unemployed at the moment.. will he be paid some cash every month ? I hope i get a reply.. thanks !

  23. Maida says:

    I am uk sitizen . But not in uk right now. For this i want to sponsor my friend. So can i sponsor her.?

  24. Fatimah says:

    Hi, I would like to know about my status. I was born in UK in 1978. Since then I live in Malaysia. As far as I concern, I am eligible to convert to british citizen. How I want to make sure about that? TQ

  25. Just Me says:

    I have ILR. What would the benefits be to me to apply for citizenship? It’s expensive and we’re about to leave the EU so I won’t be able to work in Europe anyway. So I’m wondering if I should bother or just stay with ILR. I’m a newly single mum (kids aged 11 & 13). With ILR I’m not entitled to any child tax benefits but as far as I can see that’s the only benefit of spending all of that money.

  26. sheetal says:

    I have the birth certificates which clearly states i was born in uk in royal free hospital. can you please let me know that how can I avail benefits of my citizenship as of now I am living in India.

  27. Abdulrahman Ahmed Aminu says:

    Born in UK in 1976 @ Royal free hospital London and I have my British passport but am not residing in London what are my benefits if I come over to London in terms of monetary aspect.

  28. Ahmad Khalifa says:

    Hello there. My mom was born in Birmingham and Shes now in nigeria up till now she hasn’t acquired her British passport. I wanna study in Birmingham too. Am i entitled to a British passport

  29. Nnadozie Azubuike says:

    I have checked am a UK citizen but currently living in Nigeria and I want to stay in the UK how do I start.

  30. Nnadozie Azubuike says:

    I have lost my original birth certificate but I still have a photo copied one and other documents. I need your help. Am aUK citizen still living in Nigeria l went to live in the UK.thanks.Happy Easter

  31. Anila Naz says:

    I have my brother and sisters in UK. They are british national and having british passport. is there any way that I can avail any benefit from them. i have pakistani passport. kindly guide.

  32. Jajabing says:

    Regarding free medical care, does that mean that as long as I am a British passport holder, I would get free medical care ? What other pre-requisites do I need to be fully eligible for such care ?

  33. Aliona says:

    What are Children’s benefică, if mother have citizenship and hold a passport

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