UK Right of Abode

The right of abode enables exemption from immigration laws in the UK. A person who has the right of residence is free from immigration regulations and is therefore free to live, work, enter, and exit the UK.

You can contact us online or by calling Immigration Advice Service at 0203 384 4389.

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How can we help you today?

Overview of Right of Abode

Having right of abode means you’re allowed to live or work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, which means:

All British citizens automatically have right of abode in the UK.

Some Commonwealth citizens may also have right of abode.

You can prove you have right of abode if you have a UK passport describing you as a British citizen or British subject with right of abode.

Otherwise you need to apply for a ‘certificate of entitlement’.

Commonwealth Citizens

(If you’re part of the ‘Windrush generation’ (also known as ‘Windrush cases’), there’s a different way to prove your right to live in the UK. Please get in touch with our friendly team for further guidance.)

You may have right of abode in the UK either because of your parents or because you are or were married to someone with right of abode.

Speak to our assessment team now to confirm your eligibility and options for free on 0203 384 4389.

Requirements for UK Right of Abode


You have right of abode if all the following apply:


You can only get right to abode through marriage if you’re a female Commonwealth citizen.

You must have:

You usually will not have right of abode if the person you were married to has another living wife or widow who:

However, you may still have right of abode if:

Certificate of Entitlement

You can apply for a certificate of entitlement to prove you have right of abode in the UK. It goes in your passport.
You’ll get a decision within 6 months from when you’ve sent your completed application and supporting documents.

Supporting Documents

You’ll need to send:
Our friendly team would be pleased to talk you through your options and confirm what course of action would be best for you going forward and the relevant implications.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

What is the benefit of using UK Immigration Solicitors?

Immigration rules are complex and subject to regular changes and revisions. This itself presents problems as it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of and have complied with any changes to the routes, processes and evidence requirements.

Failure to meet strict rules is likely to result in the application being refused which, in turn, is likely have an emotional and financial strain on you and your family.

It is our job to ensure we are fully aware of the latest immigration rules, policies and procedures. We don’t leave matters to chance. Once you become a client of ours, we explain our strategy and tell you exactly how we propose to get you the right result. We will pinpoint the positives and negatives of your circumstances and explain where issues may arise and what would need to be done to fix them. We provide step by step guidance and advice throughout the entire process professionally. Our vast experience allows us to foresee problems before they arise and pro-actively adopt a strategic action plan.

Our legal fees are always agreed and fixed with you right at the beginning of your case, so you have complete peace of mind and control over the costs to ensure there are no restrictions or unpleasant surprises.

There are many online agencies, advisors and marketing companies who claim to be immigration experts but, provide very little expertise.

Let us be very clear here, if you are paying for someone just to fill in the forms for you, you should think about how you can put that money to better use and avoid gambling with your future by using inexperienced and ineffective companies.

We are a fully regulated nationwide, multi award winning law firm that specialises in immigration. Having more than 60 years of combined expertise and having handled more than 8,000 cases we have unrivalled experience and expertise to ensure you get the right result first time around – Don’t take our word for it though, check out our reviews to see why our clients trust us with their futures. We are rated 5* across the board and 98% of our clients have confirmed that they would recommend us to others.

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Why should you use Immigration Solicitors to help me?

Here are just some of the reasons to choose us:

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

What is Free Needs Assessment?

If you have an immigration related problem or question, you can have a free assessment with a member of our assessments team.

The assessor will establish why you are calling and what you are looking for assistance with. The assessor will ask you a series of questions to determine your circumstances in relation to your objectives.

The assessment is 100% private and confidential. As we are a private law firm, we work with our clients to overturn Government decisions daily. We do not share any information with any third party.

Although the assessor will be a trained immigration specialist, they are not solicitors and therefore will not give you detailed legal advice or guidance.

If you want to establish what your options are and the best way forward for you, your assessor will collate the necessary information and then speak with one of the resident senior solicitors at the firm to determine what your options are, if and how we could assist and confirm whether we would be prepared to take your case. If we can assist, you will be provided with an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation which is a single legal fee to cover the firms cost of representation agreed from the outset and binding for all parties.

The free assessment is no obligation and you are merely given clarity on your position and options to move forward.

If you have a complex matter or require legal advice regarding a specific issue, you will most likely require a legal consultation.

This is a separate service and is chargeable at the prevailing rates.

Please note, UK Immigration Solicitors are a private law firm and are not part of the Government. We do not accept legal aid instructions. Although we are happy to assist genuine callers, we are not a directory service and sadly are unable to provide you with Government telephone numbers.

To get started you can either call us on 0203 384 4389 or complete the assessment form and one of the team will call you

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

A person without a right of abode is only permitted to stay in the country and travel back and forth with permission. The right of abode law states that people without the right may enter the UK and reside, work, and settle there with permission.
Having established status does not grant one the right to live in the United Kingdom. The terms “settled status” and “pre-settled status” have been used in place of “leave” ever since the EU settlement plan was introduced. Limited leave to remain is also referred to as “settled status.”
The right to stay somewhere is not the same as citizenship. Certain Commonwealth residents in the United Kingdom who had the right of abode were not granted British citizenship due to laws related to right of abode.
The certificate needs to be endorsed in a current passport as of 2008. For as long as the passport is valid, the entitlement certificate is valid. As a result, it is preferable to apply for a certificate of entitlement with a passport that is valid for a long period of time.
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