Can You Lose Your British Citizenship?
You go through a number of hurdles as you secure your own British citizenship. However, the prospect of losing it does not necessarily cross your mind.
- Not conducive to the public good; or
- If the person obtained their citizenship by fraud.
I always encourage my clients to fill out their UK immigration applications with care and be upfront with any undesirable information they need to reveal so that you are protected in the future and your citizenship cannot be taken away from you as easily. Transparency is the key.
It is suggested that over 400 British citizens were formally deprived of British citizenship from 2002. Some of these individuals were able to successfully appeal the Home Office decision and secure British citizenship.
As she was being stripped of her British citizenship, the line of argument was an interesting one. It stated that she was born with citizenship of Bangladesh even when actually born British in the UK.
The case of Shamima Begum highlighted a number of different national security concerns and especially the likely spread of terrorism in the UK.
The Windrush Case Demonstrates that You May Lose Your British Citizenship in a Different Manner, Too
HMT Empire Windrush was the ship that brought born British subjects in the Caribbean to the UK. The majority of these people arrived as children on their parents’ passports. The parents were filling in the shortage vacancies with the NHS in postwar Britain.
The political scandal which erupted in 2018 demonstrated that a number of these arrivals to the UK who were born British subjects were wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation and ended up deported or refused entry to the UK.
The Windrush case demonstrates that regardless of the valid law at the time and you no longer have the records to prove your right to remain in the UK legally, you may be subjected to a treatment as an illegal immigrant notwithstanding your citizenship.
Your citizenship would need to be processed under separate rules, which I was able to successfully do for my clients.
There are several legal grounds that may deprive you of British citizenship. You may lose your British citizenship because of an oversight or mistake and the lack of legal documents and records to prove it.
Your grandchildren may lose their right to British citizenship if too many generations of a British family are born overseas.
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Saule Voluckyte, M.A.E.S, LL.B, FAIA
I have been working exclusively with UHNWI in Mayfair, London since January 2008. I built specialist knowledge and expertise required to serve ultra high net worth individuals investing, operating and relocating to the UK or Switzerland.
Within the industry, I am the single adviser who is able to traverse the different areas of expertise and bring a comprehensive approach across: global structuring, UK immigration, international taxation and FOREX to develop their global wealth strategy, while they build, grow and expand their wealth worldwide.
Previous experience as one of the senior advisors for the government, made me a go-to person when delicate and uncomfortable scenarios involving heads of state need to be handled with care and preserve privacy.