USA and the UK
What is Dual Citizenship?
Dual Citizenship is when a person is regarded as a citizen of multiple countries. To have a second citizenship the laws of both your home country and the other country you intend to have citizenship must allow it as some countries don’t allow dual citizenship. However, many countries do allow multiple citizenships, including the US and the United kingdom. This means that citizens of the United States who wish to become a citizen of the United Kingdom can still maintain their US nationality as a dual national.
Having UK Dual Citizenship allows you to keep the same status in the US while enjoying the same freedoms in the United Kingdom. This means you will have the right to live, work, rent and buy assets and travel between the two countries with ease.
Who is Eligible for Dual Citizenship?
To be eligible for dual British Nationality you must be a citizen of country that also allows dual nationality, the US does allow this. For a US Citizen to obtain dual British citizenship the individual will also need to meet some British Citizenship requirements. The citizenship requirements vary depending on the route you are applying under but generally you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have held settled status for at least 12 months (unless married to a UK citizen)
- Be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the English language
- Pass the Life in the UK test
- Have not breached any UK immigration rules or laws
How can you get Dual Citizenship?
There is no application process specifically for American-British dual nationality. Both countries allow dual citizenship and US citizens who are granted British Citizenship will automatically have their dual citizenship status recognized in both countries. So, all you need to do is to apply to become a UK national.
There are several routes that you can apply for British Citizenship under, these include:
- British Citizenship by Naturalization
- British Citizenship by Marriage
- British Citizenship by Birth
- British Citizenship by Descent
You can apply for citizenship online at UK government website (gov.uk). To apply for British citizenship you must fill in the application form and pay the application fee. It is also vital that you send a portfolio of supporting documents alongside your citizenship application to prove that you meet all of the requirements.
Rights of Dual Citizens?
Dual citizenship can be beneficial for many reasons, including having access to greater global mobility and improving your quality of life. By holding dual British-American citizenship you will be entitled the same rights as both US and UK citizens. This means that with dual citizenship you will be able to live and work in both countries. Dual citizens are also able to get access public benefits if they are entitled to them and will have the right to study in either country as well as vote in their elections.
Once you have become a British Citizen you will also be able to apply for a UK passport that you can use to travel freely in and out of the UK. Individuals who hold British dual nationality will also have access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
It’s worth noting that US citizens who have dual citizenship with another country are still required to pay US taxes even whilst they are not currently living as a permanent resident in the US. Persons who hold dual British citizenship also cannot access diplomatic help from the British government when they are in their home country. This means that the UK government cannot offer help to US citizens with a second British Citizenship whilst they are in the US.
How Can IAS Help??
Having a second citizenship can seem complex to some, but our immigration lawyers can help you to understand the process of maintaining multiple citizenships, they provide a variety of high-quality services to guide you through the process. With their advice sessions one of our lawyers can discuss your circumstances with you and will let you know if you qualify for British Citizenship, as well as explaining what dual citizenship will mean for you. This will also give you the chance to ask our lawyers any questions you may have about dual citizenship.
Our lawyers can also assist you with your British Citizenship application and will ensure that you are able to keep your American nationality when guiding you through each stage of your application process. They offer a number of services to assist you with this. If you choose to get the help of our lawyers you will be assigned a caseworker who will work with you one-on-one to gather and organize your supporting evidence. Your immigration lawyer will also submit a detailed Letter of Representation to support your application, liaise with the government on your behalf and can eve help you to prepare for the Life in the UK test.
Our IAS lawyers will take care of every aspect of your application, for more details about the services our attorneys offer, or to find out more about dual citizenship, speak to one of our immigration lawyers today on +1 844 290 6312.
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British nationals can apply for a UK passport as soon as they have received their British Citizenship certificate. There are two ways that you can apply, either online or with a paper application from a UK post office. Online applications currently cost £75.50 and paper applications cost £85.
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When US citizens apply for citizenship in another country this does not automatically jeopardize their American citizenship. However, some US Citizens who apply for British citizenship may not wish to have a second citizenship and don’t want to keep their US citizenship. In this case, individuals who do not wish to have dual citizenship can voluntarily relinquish their US citizenship, to do this the person must apply for another nationality with the intention of relinquishing their American citizenship, this intent can shown by a persons statement or conduct.
You must be over the age of 18 years old to apply to become a British Citizen so if you would like your child to also have dual citizenship then you will need to register them as a UK citizen, this is done by a child’s parent on their behalf. If your child is a US citizen and is successfully registered as a British Citizen, they will also be able to maintain both of their nationalities. A child born in the UK does not automatically have British Citizenship, this is something that many parents are not aware of, to be registered for citizenship at birth at least one of the child’s parents but be a British citizen.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a form of UK settlement that allows you to become a permanent resident of the UK. With ILR status you can study, live and work in the UK. It is also a vital step for those looking to become a British Citizen. Once you have held ILR for at least 12 months you can apply for UK nationality. If you are married to a UK citizen then you don’t need to wait 12 months and can apply as soon as yare granted ILR status.
There are many immigration routes that can lead to ILR, these include Spouse Visas, Ancestry Visas, Tier Two Work Visas and more. To be eligible, you will need to have been living in the UK for specified period of time under one of the relevant routes to ILR. There are also some other requirements, including language requirements, but these can vary depending on your country of origin.
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The Life in the UK test is also sometimes known as the British citizenship test, it’s a test that everyone applying for British citizenship or UK settlement must take unless they are exempt. You can sit the test at one of the 30 test centers that are located across the UK. The test consists of 24 questions about British traditions and customs and you will have 45 minutes to answer them.
You will need a score of at least 75% to pass the test, this means you must get at least 18 questions right.
There are a number of people who are exempt from taking the Life in the UK test, this includes:
- People under the age of 18
- People over the age of 65
- People who have already passed the test previously
- People who have long-term physical or mental conditions
Our immigration lawyers can help you to prepare for the Life in the UK test, to find out more about how they can help you don’t hesitate to get in touch today on +1 844 290 6312.