British Passport London
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It is very important to understand the difference between an application for British citizenship and an application for a British passport.
An application for British citizenship may be made by either naturalisation (for adults) or registration (typically for children but in some situations for adults). Whichever route is appropriate, if the application is successful the result is the same: the applicant becomes a full British citizen.
When a migrant obtains British citizenship there is no particular requirement for them to have a British passport. “British citizen” is a legal status that does not particularly need to be confirmed by the possession of a passport.
However, a British passport does have certain very important advantages for a British citizen. Unless they hold another passport they will not be able to leave the UK and return to the UK without their British passport. Even travel in the EEA requires a passport.
And a British passport provides very strong proof that the holder is indeed a British citizen. There may be circumstances where it is desirable to be able to prove this quickly and easily. For example, a British passport can establish the right to work in the UK, the right to rent property or the right to a driving licence. It is highly unlikely that a British passport will be rejected as evidence of British citizenship.
And,more generally, a British passport is a very good and very reliable form of ID. If, for example, you want to open a bank account it is a very useful item of supporting evidence. It is a very good way or proving that you are who you say you are.
A British passport application is an administrative application rather than an immigration application. The requirements are far simpler than those for an immigration application, and in most cases the application is successful. The form to be completed is fairly straightforward. The applicant may have to attend an interview so they can establish their eligibility, but such interviews are usually concluded successfully.
An adult British passport is issued for ten years, after which it can be renewed.