Nationality and citizenship
Coming tothe UK to visit, study or work
VisasThe UK Border Agency, Visa Services website gives details of entrance requirements forthe UK. If you typein your purpose of visit, your nationality and your location,the website will tell you if you need a visa or entry clearance, which application form you need to fillin, which guidance note you should read and where you should make your application.
It also covers issues such as au pairs and overseas domestic staff, family members and adopted children, working holidays, highly-skilled migrants, andinvestorsin Britain.
Work permitsThe work permits website givesinformation aboutthe various routes open to foreign nationals who want to come and workin the United Kingdom.
These schemes cover people such as businessmen, domestic workers, entertainers, film crew, gap year entrants, highly-skilled migrants,innovators,investors, ministers of religion, overseas journalists, sportspeople and voluntary workers.
Practising your professionin the UKIn the UK, asin most EU member states, certain professions are 'regulated'. This meansthere are laws setting outthe qualifications you must have to practisethese professions. Qualified EU nationals wishing to practise a regulated professionin the UK can apply for recognition oftheir home state qualifications - followthe link below for details.
Office ofthe Immigration Services CommissionerThe Office ofthe Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) exists to make sure everyone gets good immigration advice.They can't help withindividual applications or give advice, but can find someonein your area who can help.The OISC website gives details of how to find an immigration adviser and how to complain if you think you have been badly treated.
Gettinginformationin different languagesA website called myUKinfo helps foreign workers by providing up-to-dateinformationin Polish and Portuguese, among other languages.
It offers advice on working and livingin Britain, andinformation about money, housing, health and local culture. It has a section for employers who hire immigrant workers as well.
Naturalisation, residency, asylum and nationality
The UK Border AgencyThe UK Border Agency in the Home Office is responsible for applications for British nationality, permission to stayin Britain, citizenship and asylum.Their website provides forms and applicationinformation on all aspects of immigration and nationality procedures.
Dual nationalityIn generalthere is no restriction,in UK law, on a British national being a citizen of another country as well. So, if you get another nationality, you will not lose your British nationality. Similarly, you will not need to give up any other nationality when you become British.The Home Office provides more detailedinformation.
Citizenship ceremonies andtheLife in the UK TestTo celebratethe occasion of becoming a British citizen,the government has recentlyintroduced new citizenship ceremonies.
There is also a website that describestheLife in the UK Test that many new British citizens will take. It givesinformation about whothe test is for and how to prepare forthe test.
Citizenship educationCitizenship is part ofthe national curriculum.There are a number of online resources available.
National curriculumThe National curriculum online for England websites givesinformation - for citizenship and every other subject - on programmes of study and non-statutory guidelines, attainment targets and notes and links to online teaching resources.
History of citizenshipThe National Archives andthe Parliamentary Archives have put together an online exhibition on citizenship.
The exhibition explores what it has meant to be a citizen throughout a millennium of British history. Citizenship is oftenin the news. But what is it, and how has it changed overthe centuries? Where did Parliament come from? How did ordinary people gain political and social rights?