Right of Abode

Right of Abode is unique to the United Kingdom, and is in recognition of Britain's historical role at the heart of the Commonwealth and its colonial past.

The Right of Abode is available to a candidate born in a Commonwealth country that has never ceased to be a member of the Commonwealth BEFORE 1 January 1983 (so this excludes South Africa and Pakistan), where one of their parents was born in the United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland and, before the 31/03/1922, the Republic of Ireland).

The Right of Abode allows the candidate to live and work in the UK, and counts time towards UK nationality and British Citizenship requirements.

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