There may be several reasons why you may need to re-register as a British citizen haven previously given it up. A major example may be where you have been born outside the UK to British parent in a country that either doesn’t permit dual nationality or only permit dual nationality on restricted grounds.
Nationality is commonly renounced where the individual in question is looking to hold a political office and/or is a public office in a country where he is a dual citizen of.
Please note that it is not in all cases where you renounce your British citizenship that you will be able to apply to get your British nationality back. Please contact our UK Nationality solicitors to be sure that you qualify.
In order to reapply, you need to complete the form RS1 and pay the appropriate fee. The following are some of the documents you may need to support your application: -
The British Nationality Act 1981 posits that resuming British citizenship is allowed if renunciation was important to allow the applicant retain or acquire citizenship of another country. Please note that the applicant can only as a matter of right resume nationality just once.
Please note that if you relinquished your nationality voluntarily, you may not be able to apply to resume your UK nationality as a matter of right. This means that the only time you may be able to resume your nationality as a matter of right is where you have had to relinquish your UK Nationality to serve another country which forbids you from having dual nationality whilst holding such positions.
If an individual has previously given up British citizenship, he/she may apply to resume the British citizenship status if they are in the right state of mind and: