Having right of abode means you’re allowed to live or work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, which means:
- you won’t need a visa to come to the UK
- there’s no limit on the length of time you can spend in the country
All British citizens automatically have right of abode in the UK.
Some Commonwealth citizens may also have right of abode.
You can prove you have right of abode if you have a UK passport describing you as a British citizen or British subject with right of abode.
Otherwise you need to apply for a ‘certificate of entitlement’.
There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as the UK prepares to leave the EU.