Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode
Right of Abode
The right of Abode (ROA) is a term to describe those who are free from immigration control but do not at the same time hold British citizenship. It means you do not need to ask permission to enter the United Kingdom or live and work here.
You must however show you have a claim to the Right of Abode.
- This can be demonstrated in a UK passport describing you as a British citizen or a British subject with the right of abode.
- A certificate of entitlement to the right of abode in the United Kingdom issued by or on behalf of the Government.
The British Nationality Act of 1981 which came into force on 1st January 1983, meant that certain people of the United Kingdom and Colonies were given the right of abode before the British Nationality Act 1981 if they met certain lineage requirements, were born in the UK and Colonies, naturalised or registered in the UK. The complexities surrounding the British Nationality Acts before 1981 meant that many people were legitimately British and didn’t know they were at the time and in some cases don’t know to this day.
The Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode is a visa vignette issued in your passport. The entitlement dies with the expiry date of the passport. The certificate of entitlement to the right of abode is applicable for those from countries who were part of the British Commonwealth. Please click on the following link to find out which countries are part of the British Commonwealth
If you are unsure whether you fall into this category please get in touch with one of our Private Immigration advisers. In order to establish your claim for Right of Abode we will need a detailed family history for the purpose.