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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72 replies on “British Citizenship – Benefits”

  1. Has this been updated post-Brexit? I thought that the right to work and live in the EU without permits and visas went away? I

  2. This article must be as old as April 8th, 2013 (considering the comments). It must have never been updated, as it still says at the end:

    “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.”

    I think all articles, blogs, post should show a date of creation/modification. This one obviously doesn’t.


  3. You need to update your list. Being a British citizen now unfortunately means you are not a European Union citizen.

    1. Hi Saoirse,
      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have since updated the article. All our articles are up-to-date and accurate. All the best!

  4. My grandmother was born in Margate and Mai rained her British citizenship until her death. My father and I were both born in the states. Can I get a British passport?

    1. Hi Katherine,
      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. Hi Katherine, since your grandma was British and born in the UK their for your father was born British after he gets the passport you can get it, you can check for more information on the website http://www.gov.uk .

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