Dual Nationality

What is Dual Nationality?

Dual nationality (also known as dual citizenship), is where an individual enjoys two (or more) nationalities. An individual with dual nationality is born with citizenship in one country, and may then acquire another nationality by choice. The rules on dual citizenship vary from country to country.

Is Dual Nationality Allowed in the United Kingdom?

Dual nationality is allowed in the United Kingdom. This means that once you acquire British citizenship, you do not risk losing your original nationality (unlike elsewhere in the world). However, there may be problems if your country of original citizenship does not recognize dual citizenship. You may be regarded by that country as having renounced your first nationality upon acquiring British citizenship; alternatively, the authorities from your home country may refuse to recognise your second, UK nationality.

For these reasons, if you are considering applying for British citizenship, it is vital to make enquiries with the authorities of your home country as to the potential implications should you obtain British citizenship.

Advantages of Dual Nationality

Political Rights

As part of the UK community, you will have the right to engage in public life. This means you may exercise your political rights as a British citizen, including voting (and being voted for) in the UK national elections and elections for the European Parliament.

Right of Abode

A British citizen with dual nationality status enjoys the same rights and privileges as all citizens of UK This includes the right to reside in UK permanently, including the right to leave and re-enter the country at any time.

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For more information on:

  • British Passport
  • European Union Access
  • Disadvantages of Dual Nationality
  • Applying for Dual Citizenship