How long can a British citizen live outside UK?
You can live outside the UK for 5 years without losing your settled status. With indefinite leave to remain, you can only live outside the UK for 2 years. Find out what you need to apply for settled status. Find out more about applying to the Windrush Scheme on GOV.UK.
How long is UK citizenship?
Most British naturalisation applications take between 3-4 months to be processed. Straight forward applications can be decided within 2 months, and more complex can take up to 6 months.
What benefits do British citizens have?
British Citizenship – Benefits
- The right to live permanently in the UK.
- Free medical care.
- No work restrictions.
- Stable society and economy.
- Receiving a British passport and unrestricted entry to the UK.
- The right to vote.
- Standing for office.
- European Union.
What is my citizenship if I live in the UK?
If you or your parents were born in the UK, you might automatically be a British citizen. Check if you’re a British citizen based on whether you were: born in the UK or a British colony before 1 January 1983. born outside the UK or are stateless.
Will I lose settled status if I leave the UK?
It is possible to spend up to 2 years outside the UK without losing your Pre-Settled Status. However, if, for example, you spend a continuous year and a half out of the UK, though you will retain your Pre-Settled Status, it is unlikely that you will qualify for Settled Status.
Can expats still use the NHS?
The NHS is a residence-based healthcare system, so British expats aren’t automatically entitled to medical treatment. If you live or work in another European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you will be able to access the NHS as long as you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Can I use the NHS if I have a British passport?
UK passport holders living abroad If you have a UK passport and you move to Scotland to live permanently, you can get healthcare from the NHS. In order to receive care, you will need to register with a GP as soon as you arrive in Scotland. Find out how to register with a GP.