How to Apply for Certificate of Entitlement for Right to Abode UK?

People who are looking for the way to right of abode in UK should know well about the process of applying for certificate of entitlement. The idea of applying certificate of entitlement has been described in detail here. The cost of one certificate is £144 in UK.

How to apply?

Application for the certificate helps for proving that you have right of abode in the country. This application goes with the passport. It is important to apply for the certificate when your passport crosses the date of expiration. The process of application for certificate of entitlement depends upon your situation means whether you are in UK or out from the country. One thing to remember here is that you can't get the certificate of entitlement if you already possess a British Passport or you have an ID card as a proof that you bear right of abode in UK.

When will you get a decision?

After you apply for the certificate of entitlement from UK or outside of the country, you get a decision on your application within six months. Also, it is important for your application to fulfill all the requirements and documents with the application so that the chances of rejection of your application form decreases.

What are the required documents?

You can download the application form for certificate of entitlement only and send it to UKVI. Some original documents are required to be attached with the form when you apply for certificate of entitlement. Here is the list of documents

  • 2 recent passport size photographs of you
  • A travel document or valid passport or immigration stamps to show that you are living in UK
  • Any document to prove that you have right of abode
  • Birth certificate or marriage certificate but if you don't have these documents to attach, you require explaining the reason of not attaching these documents.

When you send an application for certificate of entitlement, don't forget to send a prepaid self addressed special delivery or recorded delivery envelope, if you don't do so, your documents are returned back by 2nd class post. In case you want your documents to be returned urgently, you can contact to the nationality contact centre in their official website nationalityenquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk for the same but you cannot contact there for checking the status of your application.

How to apply for the certificate from outside of UK?

If you want to apply for certificate of entitlement in UK and you are from outside the country, you can opt for online application unless you are from Zimbabwe, North Korea or Cuba. In case you are from any of these countries, you need to apply by post using form VAF7. You can check out relevant guidance notes to fill the form. The only thing you should take care about is attaching correct supporting documents with your application. This kind of application costs £289 outside the UK.



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