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Citizenship in Great Britain

British Citizenship: Living in the UK

The citizens of Great Britain form a working society that live among each other within a nation. So, how do British citizenship rules work for living life in the United Kingdom?

CITIZENS ADVICE: Members play an active part in society. The citizens within that society are members of the nation (or state).

Educating those citizens helps them gain knowledge and learn new skills.

That in turn creates a citizenship of people who understand how to live in the United Kingdom.

Yet, that co-existence creates its own special challenges and set of rules.

British citizens must learn how to engage with the pillars of our democracy. British citizenship rules also extend into politics and the country's economy.

As such, all citizens of Great Britain share a responsibility to live their lives within the UK rule of law. This section highlights the policies and regulations for those who have UK citizenship. Yet, the United Kingdom may recognise or grant citizenship on several bases.

As a rule, a citizenship based on the place of birth will be automatic. But, you may need to follow an application process to become official members in society.

The law of the United Kingdom is British nationality law. It concerns British citizenship rules as well as other British nationality categories. The UK legal system is complex, not least because of the United Kingdom history as an imperial power.

A Guide to British Citizenship Rules

After Someone DiesAfter Someone Dies

AFTER A DEATH: Having a basic checklist of what to do after someone dies is helpful. Find out how to register a death, deal with a coroner, and arrange a funeral.


Check if you are a British CitizenBritish Citizenship

CHECK YOUR CITIZENSHIP: The government site has an online tool to check if you are a British citizen. It will depend on where and when you were born and the immigration status of your parents.


When do the Clocks Change for British Citizens?When do the Clocks Change in Great Britain?British Summer Time

BST: When do the clocks change for British Summer Time? Clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March for the start of BST. It is often called Daylight Saving Time. Clocks go back by 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October for the start of Greenwich Mean Time.

Note: The next change is Sunday the 28th of October 2018. An easy way to remember is 'Spring Forward' (clocks go forward 1 hour) and 'Fall Back' (clocks go back 1 hour).


Citizens Advice for British CitizensCitizens Advice

CONSUMER HELPLINE: Find the contact information for Citizens Advice consumer helpline. A helpline adviser can offer practical and impartial advice on ways to resolve consumer problems.

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline
Telephone: 03454 04 05 06
Textphone: 18001 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

Data Protection for British CitizensData Protection

DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES: The guide explains the 8 principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 section c 29. The Act of Parliament protects personal data stored in paper filing systems and on computers.


Deed Poll Name Change for British CitizensDeed Poll

NAME CHANGE: A change of name by deed poll is an official recognition that an adult or a child changed names. Find out how to make your own deed poll using official forms or through a solicitor.


Right of Abode in the United Kingdom GuideRight of Abode

RIGHT OF ABODE: There are times for British Citizens to know how to prove right of abode for the United Kingdom. Find out what your right of abode means and how to apply for a certificate of entitlement.


Citizenship Rules and Citizens Advice for Living Life in the United Kingdom