Dual nationality provides many advantages in today's world. It opens travel, work, cultural and educational opportunities that many people would envy. Having British citizenship would open up work, education and residence opportunities in all of the European Union. To gain citizenship in England, you first have to qualify.
UK Dual Nationality Law
Find out if your country allows dual citizenship; not all do. If it does not, acquiring citizenship of another country results in either the automatic loss of your first citizenship or the non-recognition of your new one. The United Kingdom allows all English, Scottish and Welsh citizens to hold a second citizenship. So does the United States. If you are from a nation that does not allow dual nationality, acquiring British nationality may result in the loss of your birth nationality.
England's Citizenship Requirements
Qualify for dual citizenship in England in one of several ways: through lineage, such as through a British parent or grandparent; through marriage to a UK citizen; or through naturalization, which requires five years' residency and proper knowledge of UK culture, language and civics. Those who meet citizenship requirements can apply for citizenship through the Home Office UK Border Agency.
Apply for a UK passport once you are a citizen--without having to give up the passport of your other nationality. British borderr agents, however, request that you use your UK passport when re-entering the country to avoid confusion and possible problems.
Understand that British citizens who hold citizenship in another nation are not protected by the UK when traveling to or visiting their other nation of citizenship. Similarly, an American-British dual citizen is not diplomatically protected by the American government while inside the UK. If losing your British diplomatic protection while visiting your home country is dangerous, consider renouncing your former citizenship before you travel.
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