British Passport Application and requirements
Do you need help filling out your British passport application? Or are not sure how to apply after naturalisation? Your passport will enable you to travel the world, and return to your home in the UK with ease. Below is a closer look at British passport requirements and the answers to some of the most common application questions.
Who Is Eligible For A British Passport?
You are eligible for a passport if you are British by birth, descent, or naturalisation. This includes:
British Overseas Citizens: BOCs are individuals who live in British overseas territories have migrated to the UK from overseas territories, or who are descendants of BOCs.
British Protected Persons: BPPs are individuals born in a British Protected State or British Protectorate. Full citizenship may not be granted, but you qualify for a British passport.
British National Overseas: BNOs are granted to individuals with qualified links to Hong Kong.
British Overseas Territories Citizen: BOTCs are eligible for anyone who meets the current birth, residency, and ‘belonging’ to one of the qualified British Overseas Territories.
What Does It Mean To Be British At Birth? – British Passport Requirements
Just because you were born in Britain does not automatically make you a British citizen. If you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983 and either your mother or father was a British citizen when you were born—or ‘settled’ in Britain when you were born, then you are a British at birth.
‘Settled’ means that at least one of your parents has:
- The right of abode
- Indefinite leave to remain
- Permanent residence as an EEA national
However, if your parents were not married at birth, or you were adopted you may need help filling out your British passport application—as this makes things a bit tricky. Also, keep in mind that Brexit will change the way in which EEA nationals can obtain British residency.
Can You Obtain British Passport After Naturalisation?
Yes, after you naturalise to Britain you may apply for your British passport. You will need to provide proof of naturalisation along with your application. Many naturalised citizens obtain their passport as soon as they obtain citizenship. The team at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors is here to help you fill out your application.
How Do I Qualify As A Descent For My British Passport?
There are many ways in which you can qualify for a British passport as a descendant. As mentioned above, if one or both of your parents have naturalised or settled at your time of birth. However, you may also qualify if you have a grandparent born in the UK or Northern Ireland—and you were born on or after 1 January 1949. Also, if you are under the age of 18 and you have a grandparent or great-grandparent who was born in the UK. There are a few more decent options, such as if you are a descendant of a BOC.
How Do I Get Help Filling Out My British Passport Application?
If you are British by birth your application is straightforward and you will likely be able to fill it out yourself. However, if you have yet to exercise any of your birthrights, have yet established yourself as a descendant, or have just naturalised—then you will likely need some assistance as there are specific British Passport requirements that have to be fulfilled and process that must be followed. Reach out to the team at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors we will talk you through which path to a passport is the best for you, help you compile the required information, and will ensure your application is filled out in full.
What If You Need British Citizenship First?
If you have yet to naturalise or have yet to establish your birthright or rights as a descendant, our immigration solicitors can walk you through the process of gathering the evidence required for citizenship. With such a large and spanning territory, and many paths to familial citizenship it is likely you will need assistance.
How Will Passports Change After Brexit?
The current passports state “European Union”. For that reason, it is likely that new passports will be required, but that is yet to be determined. Also, current EEA citizenship and visas will expire at the official exit from the EU—even if before the printed expiration date. A new path to citizenship and British passport requirements will be provided, but that has not yet been released. In the meantime, EEA citizens must maintain the current citizenship requirements. There is not an official date, but Brexit will occur at some point after March of 2019.
If you are not already an established British citizen or have recently naturalised—reach out to the legal team at Gulbenkian Andonian Solicitors to help you fill out your passport application. We specialise in all area of immigration, including British passport applications and requirements.