Can I travel while waiting for my UK citizenship?

04 Jan 2023, 14 mins ago

Once you have applied for British citizenship, you can use your original valid passport to travel overseas while your application is being considered. You should be able to re-enter the UK at the UK border with evidence of your ILR, or other valid immigration status.

You should make sure you can get emails and letters about your application while you are away. You should expect to receive a decision on your British citizenship application within 6 months.

If your British citizenship application is approved, you will have 90 days to arrange attendance at a citizenship ceremony in the UK. These are usually held at your local council. You will then be able to apply for a British passport.

Travelling outside the UK after you get British citizenship

Once you have been granted British citizenship, you will need to apply for a British passport. You should not leave the UK until you get your first British passport, because your previous immigration status will no longer be valid and you may have difficulties re-entering the country.

How Gherson can assist

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