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Certificate of Entitlement To Right Of Abode

A certificate of entitlement is proof of your right to live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions. An application for a certificate of entitlement can be made from inside the UK using the application form ROA. If you are applying from outside the UK, you can apply for a certificate of entitlement using application form VAF7 or online application if UKBA applications are only accepted online in your country of origin.

The UKVI will place your certificate of entitlement to right of abode in your current passport. When your passport expires, your certificate of entitlement will also expire. You must apply again for a new certificate of entitlement to right of abode.

You can apply for a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode in any one of the following circumstances:

  • If you were registered or naturalised as a British citizen on or after 1 January 1983
  • If you were registered or naturalised in the UK as a citizen of the UK and Colonies before 1 January 1983
  • If you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983
  • If you are a Commonwealth (not British) citizen born before 1 January 1983 to a parent who was born in the UK
  • If you are a female Commonwealth citizen who was married before 1 January 1983 to a man with right of abode in the UK
  • If you were born in the UK or the Falkland Islands on or after 1 January 1983, or in another qualifying British overseas territory on or after 21 May 2002
  • If you were born outside the UK and the Falkland Islands on or after 1 January 1983, or outside the UK and any qualifying British overseas territory on or after 21 May 2002, to a parent who was born in the UK or the Falkland Islands or, on or after 21 May 2002, any qualifying British overseas territory, or registered or naturalised in the UK before your birth
  • If you were born outside the UK and the Falkland Islands on or after 1 January 1983, or outside the United Kingdom and any qualifying British overseas territory on or after 21 May 2002, to a parent who, at the time of your birth, was a British citizen in Crown service or a designated service
  • If you were adopted in the UK, a qualifying British overseas territory, or otherwise under the terms of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption
  • If you were a citizen of the UK and Colonies and were ordinarily resident in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years before 1 January 1983, and were settled in the UK at the end of that period
  • If you were a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies and had a parent who was born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK before your birth or adoption
  • If you were a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies and had a grandparent who was born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK before your parent's birth or adoption

Further information, help, and advice

Our team of specialists have years of experience in visa services. We work with clients under Section 84 of the 1999 Immigration Act and can submit your UK visa application to the Home Office to be dealt with on the same day.

For more information and advice on UK immigration law and UK visa applications please contact us on 0203 488 2308 or email us at Info@worldwideimmigration.co.uk

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