Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries.

You don’t need to apply for dual citizenship. You can apply for foreign citizenship and keep your British citizenship.

Many countries don’t accept dual citizenship. Check with the country’s consulate or embassy in the UK to find out about that country’s laws on dual nationality.

You can’t have dual citizenship if you’re a British subject or a British protected person unless you’re a British subject from the Republic of Ireland.

Apply for British citizenship

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

To get British citizenship in the UK, apply for citizenship in the normal way.

Travelling abroad

As a dual national you can’t get diplomatic help from the British government when you are in the other country where you hold citizenship.

For example, if you hold both British and Chinese citizenship you can’t get diplomatic help from the UK when you’re in China.

Dual citizenship, marriage and children

You don’t automatically become a British citizen when you marry a person from the UK. You need to apply as the spouse of a British citizen.

In some countries, a married person is automatically counted as having their partner’s nationality. Children may also automatically have a parent’s nationality even if they were born abroad.

Check with the country’s consulate or high commission in the UK to find out about that country’s laws on dual nationality.