British nationality law provides that many people automatically acquire British citizenship by law without having to make any form of application. If you have British citizenship by Automatic Acquisition then you will have the right to enter and reside in the United Kingdom free of immigration restrictions.
In order to qualify for British Citizenship by Automatic Acquisition you will need to show that you are a British citizen by operation of law.
The most common ways to automatically acquire British citizenship by law are:
British nationality law can be complex. Your precise circumstances are different to those of every other person. This means, for example, that you may have a claim to British citizenship by Automatic Acquisition even if one or more of your siblings has not.
You will need to show that you were:
The term ‘father’ has a specific definition in British nationality law and this definition has varied over time. It is therefore essential to confirm your precise circumstances as the person you consider to be your father may or may not be recognised as your father for the purposes of British nationality law.
British citizenship by descent is also defined in British nationality law. If you were born outside the UK it is essential to confirm the basis on which your parents acquired their British citizenship.
In relation to the above summary, the UK includes the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and from specific dates certain qualifying territories.
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