Having right of abode means you’re allowed to live or work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, which means:
All British citizens automatically have right of abode in the UK.
Some Commonwealth citizens may also have right of abode.
You can prove you have right of abode if you have a UK passport describing you as a British citizen or British subject with right of abode.
Otherwise you need to apply for a ‘certificate of entitlement’.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.
If you’re part of the ‘Windrush generation’ (also known as ‘Windrush cases’), there’s a different way to prove your right to live in the UK.
You may have right of abode in the UK either because of your parents or because you are or were married to someone with right of abode.
You have right of abode if all the following apply:
You can only get right to abode through marriage if you’re a female Commonwealth citizen.
You must have:
You usually will not have right of abode if the person you were married to has another living wife or widow who:
However, you may still have right of abode if:
You can apply for a certificate of entitlement to prove you have right of abode in the UK. It goes in your passport.
You need to apply for a new certificate when your passport expires.
How you apply for a certificate of entitlement depends on whether you’re inside or outside the UK.
You cannot get a certificate if you already have a British passport or a valid certificate of entitlement in another foreign passport.
Use form ROA and send it to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). Read the guidance before you apply.
You must also include supporting documents with your application.
A certificate of entitlement costs £372 in the UK.
You’ll get a decision within 6 months from when you’ve sent your completed application and supporting documents.
You’ll need to send:
You must send original documents, not photocopies. If you do not send the birth certificate or marriage certificate issued when you were born or got married, you need to explain why.
Returning your documents
Include a pre-paid self-addressed Royal Mail special delivery or recorded delivery envelope of the right size, otherwise your documents will be returned by 2nd class post.
Contact the nationality contact centre if you need your documents back urgently. Do not contact it to check the progress of your application.
Nationality contact centre firstname.lastname@example.org
You must apply online using the ‘Apply for a UK visa’ service.
A certificate of entitlement costs £388 outside the UK.
You cannot apply online if you’re living in North Korea.
To apply from North Korea you must:
Your application fee will not be refunded if your application is refused because you do not qualify for right of abode or you do not send in enough evidence to support your claim.
You’ll be told how you can appeal if your application is rejected.
You will not have a right of appeal if your rejected application was received on or after 6 April 2015.
If you made your application in the UK, you can apply to have your application reconsidered if you think UKVI did not make the decision in line with the law or their policy.
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1.This is the only official government service for booking the Life in the UK Test. You need to take the test as part of your application for British citizenship or settlement in the UK. You must book your Life in the UK Test online at least 3 days in advance. It costs £50.
There are around 60 test centres in the UK - choose one of the 5 closest to where you live.
If the centre isn’t close to where you live, you won’t be allowed to sit the test and you won’t get a refund. You must bring proof of your address to the test.
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You’ll have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British traditions and customs.
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