As a South African, you could be eligible for BRITISH NATIONALITY in the following circumstances: You are LIVING IN THE UK on a valid visa and intend to Naturalise as a British Citizen in due course. Read more about British Citizenship through Residency.
Can I claim British citizenship?
To apply for citizenship with permanent residence status you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting permanent residence status. You also need a permanent residence document that proves you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years – this can be any 5 year period.
Who is eligible for British citizenship?
Requirements for British naturalisation
Be aged 18 or over. Be of sound mind, that is of full mental capacity. Lived in the UK for at least five years (or three, if married to a British citizen or settled person) Held Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for at least 12 months before the naturalisation application.
How do I get dual citizenship with UK and South Africa?
Go into your local Department of Home Affairs (with the Letter For Dual Nationality) and formally request permission to hold dual nationality. You will need to complete “BI-1664 Retention of Citizenship form (PDF)” and “BI-529 Determination of your Current Status form (PDF)”.
Does having a British passport mean I am a British citizen?
Having a British passport doesn’t mean you’re a citizen either. British citizens, overseas territories citizens, overseas citizens, subjects, nationals (overseas) and protected persons can all apply for a passport.
How long does it take to get British citizenship after applying 2020?
After you’ve applied. You’ll usually get a decision within 6 months. You need to tell the Home Office if you change your personal details during this time.
Does UK allow dual citizenship?
Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries.
How much is it for British citizenship?
The British citizenship application fee in 2019 is £1,330. This is the cost for the Home Office to process the British citizenship application, also known as naturalisation. This also includes the British ceremony fee.
How hard is it to get British citizenship?
Becoming British is one of the most arduous and expensive citizenship processes in the world. Many of the tens of thousands of people who are accepted as UK citizens each year will have faced years of preparation and bills of between £5,000 and £10,000.
How can a South African get a British passport?
You could be eligible for British citizenship if you were:
- Born to a mother who was born in the UK before 1983.
- Born before 1983 to a parent who was born after 1949, as long as that parent: …
- Born in South Africa after 31 May 1962, but before 1983, and you have a UK-born grandparent.
Is dual citizenship allowed in South Africa?
South Africans are permitted to acquire multiple citizenships, under certain conditions. … Those who are under the age of 18 years are exempt and are not required to apply for dual citizenship, as long as they acquire the foreign citizenship before their 18th birthday.
How long can I stay in South Africa on a British passport?
Things you need to know before you go
As a UK citizen you can visit South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa, subject to proof you can support yourself during that time (you may need to show bank statements and/or payslips). If you want to stay longer you will need to apply for a visa.
How long can British citizen stay outside UK?
You can live outside the UK for 5 years without losing your settled status. With indefinite leave to remain, you can only live outside the UK for 2 years.
Are babies born in UK automatically citizens?
You’re usually automatically a British citizen if you were both: born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983. born when one of your parents was a British citizen or ‘settled’ in the UK.
Do I need a new UK passport after Brexit?
Will my UK Passport be valid after Brexit? The old British passport that is still burgundy in colour has “European Union” on it will remain valid until the expiration date noted in the passport. Therefore, there is no need to renew a British passport simply because of Brexit.