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British Naturalization FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Embarking on the journey of British naturalization is an exciting yet intricate process. Understandably, many applicants have a myriad of questions. We’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions to guide you, giving you clarity and peace of mind.


1. What is the difference between British nationality and a British passport?
Answer: British nationality determines one’s legal status in the UK, entitling you to live, work, and enjoy certain rights. A British passport, on the other hand, is a travel document that proves your nationality and allows for international travel.


2. Can I travel while my application is being processed?
Answer: Yes, you can travel using your current passport. However, ensure you provide contact details where you can be reached if additional information or documentation is required during the processing phase.


3. What if my application gets rejected?
Answer: Application rejections usually come with a reason. Our team at Move Up can assist in understanding the rejection and guide you on the subsequent steps, whether it involves re-application or addressing the mentioned concerns.


4. How long does the British naturalization process take?
Answer: British registrations typically take between 6 to 12 months, while British passport applications lodged in South Africa take up to 3 months.


5. Do I need to give up my current nationality to become British?
Answer: No, the UK permits dual nationality. However, ensure that your home country also allows it. For South African citizens, retention of SA citizenship is required before obtaining a second nationality.


6. Do children need to apply separately?
Answer: Yes, children under 18 years must have their own application. Our team can guide on the process tailored for minors.


7. What’s the significance of the “Life in the UK” test?
Answer: It’s a mandatory test for naturalization that assesses your knowledge of British traditions, history, and values. However, certain categories of applicants may be exempt.


8. Can I work in the UK immediately after obtaining British nationality?
Answer: Yes, with British nationality, you have the right to live and work in the UK without any restrictions.


9. How do I update my British passport details?
Answer: If there are changes in your details, like a change in name after marriage, you will need to apply for a new passport. Our team can assist in guiding you through the process.


10. How often should I renew my British passport?
Answer: A British passport is valid for ten years for adults and five years for children under 16. You should renew it before it expires, especially if you have travel plans.


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