British Citizenship – Benefits

British citizenship

Updated: October 20, 2021

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.

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77 replies on “British Citizenship – Benefits”

  1. I just received my certificate this morning to became a British citizen and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a honour to be British as Brazilian.
    The greatest benefit in my life time.

    1. HI Sandro, Congratulations on becoming a British citizen! An incredible achievement! We are so happy you! We wish you all the best!

  2. As European, I always had these benefits and I feel the Passport is the only thing I would get if I do apply for the citizenship. Am I missing anything?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Alessia,
      Our article sums up most of the benefits of becoming a UK citizen. The right to vote and the right to a passport are perhaps the greatest benefits.

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