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    Obtaining British Citizenship?

    Would I be considered for citizenship by decent in this case:

    My father (lives in the states now) was born in England on the Isle of White, his father lives there along with my uncle and aunt. However, I was born in the U.S.

    If so could someone explain that specific process, and how long it would take?

    Thanks much for any information.


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    No, you need to have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years (see residential requirements) before you can become a citizen and you need a partner who is a UK citizen.

    http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/br...tnerofcitizen/

    There are seven requirements you need to meet before you apply:

    * you are aged 18 or over; and
    * you are of sound mind; and
    * you can communicate in English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic to an acceptable degree; and
    * you have sufficient knowledge of life in the United Kingdom; and
    * you are of good character; and
    * you are the husband, wife or civil partner of a British citizen; and
    * you meet the residential requirements; or
    * your husband, wife or civil partner is in Crown or designated service outside the United Kingdom.

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    Kaycy - You don't need a partner who is a UK citizen; you were on the page for naturalisation through marriage. You just need to have lived in the UK for 5 years and meet the other requirements. Therefore the question becomes - how do I acquire the right to live in the UK for more than 6 months as a US citizen (6 months being the amount of time you can stay in the UK without a visa).

    Standard requirements for obtaining British citizenship through naturalisation

    UK residency info page


    But to answer the OP's original question - No, it doesn't sound like you can acquire British citizenship through your relatives. Some people are eligible to gain residency on the grounds that their only living relative who can support them is a UK citizen, but this obviously doesn't apply to you. Bringing relatives to live with you in the UK

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    You can get like a swedish or lithuanian citizenship and then you'll be EU. With that, you can legally stay in Britain as long as you want and obtain your citizenship after 5 years.

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    Ya, I have a Serbian friend who recently became a UK citizen, shes lived here now for 6-7 years and took the citizen test - which is a load of bollocks considering the majority of British people couldnt answer the questions!

    Good luck mate!
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    Back in 1996 or something my folks brought my brothers and I over to the UK from South Africa just in time for us to be allowed to stay based on our parents British passports, it was only after a number of years of staying here that I then recieved my citizenship.

    I'm not sure how much things have changed since then but from what you've said it sounds like you would need to either get a visa to be able to work here and thus stay for an extended period of time or go via another means.

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    If your father still has British nationality, you could have dual nationality. Doesn't hurt to find out.

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    You can get a long term ancestry VISA which will let you work there for the 5 years until you can get citizenship.

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    this will be useful just in case......because im really tired of living here....no, is not boring,,,,is dangerous as hell, a lot of bad guys disguised as cops.
    they say is the 2nd most dangerous country in the world, besides Iraq.

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