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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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63 replies on “British Citizenship – Benefits”

  1. Hi… I am a British citizen.. staying in India on OCI… my child is 13 years old.. can she get a british citizenship… Also, if I work in UK.. as I’m a citizen can my child education be free as she has an indian passport? Plz let me know

    1. Hi Megha,
      We are not affiliated with the UK government. We specifically help people to train for their Life in the UK Test.
      We recommend that you contact the UK Border Agency for your inquiry.

  2. Hello, I am Australian born to Scottish parents, I have a UK passport, firstly am I considered a UK citizen? Secondly, If I were to travel to Scotland would I be eligible to vote? (future independence referendums in particular). Thanks so much.

  3. I was born in London to an EU citizen and a South Korean citizen but only one of them where in a “settled” status, can I still apply for UK citizenship?

  4. Im a south african citizen living in Scotland on an ancestral visa,could I apply for uk citizenship. My grandfather was born in London.

  5. I am a first generation American living in the USA, applying for British citizenship (by decent of my British Mother).

    Can I obtain British citizenship for my child (born in the USA) considering his grandmother and great grandparents were British citizens?
    Can my child attend university in the UK as a citizen vs. a foreigner given his mother will become a British citizen?

    1. Hello El,
      This is a complex area of British nationality and every case must be assessed on an individual basis. We recommend that you contact the UK Visas and Immigration department for you inquiry.

    2. I am in the exact same situation you are. Unfortunately, as the law is written now the citizenship cannot be passed down unless you yourself (or the children’s other parent) was born in the UK.

      As for university, I can only speak about Scotland. In that case, the child must reside in Scotland for the three years prior to attending university. At that point, the tuition is waived. If not, tuition must be pid.

    3. I am a first generation American that has lived in the UK for 10 years and holds a British passport. If your children want to attend University in the UK they have to reside in the UK for three years prior to starting their course to obtain residency. Otherwise, they will have to pay international tuition.

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