Prove you have right of abode in the UK

Apply for a certificate of entitlement

You can apply for a certificate of entitlement to prove you have right of abode in the UK. It goes in your passport.

You need to apply for a new certificate when your passport expires.

How you apply for a certificate of entitlement depends on whether you’re inside or outside the UK.

You cannot get a certificate if you already have a British passport or a valid certificate of entitlement in another foreign passport.

Apply in the UK

A certificate of entitlement costs £372 in the UK.

Read the ROA guidance before you apply.

You can either:

  • apply online
  • apply by post - fill in form ROA and send it with the fee and your supporting documents to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

Department 1
The Capital
New Hall Place
L3 9PP

You’ll get a decision within 6 months of when you send your completed application and supporting documents.

Supporting documents

You’ll need to send:

  • your valid passport or travel document - if it was not issued in the UK it must have immigration stamps to show you’re living here, or you must have a previous right of abode certificate
  • 2 passport-size photos of you taken in the last 6 months
  • documents proving you have right of abode - read the guide to find out which ones you need

You must send original documents, not photocopies. If you do not send the birth certificate or marriage certificate issued when you were born or got married, you need to explain why.

Returning your documents

Include a pre-paid self-addressed Royal Mail special delivery or recorded delivery envelope of the right size, otherwise your documents will be returned by 2nd class post.

Contact the nationality contact centre if you need your documents back urgently. Do not contact it to check the progress of your application.

Nationality contact centre

Get help using a computer to apply online

You can get help completing the online form if you do not feel confident using a computer or do not have access to one.

You cannot get immigration advice through this service.

Help completing the online form
Text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944
Telephone: 03333 445 675
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

Apply from outside the UK

You must apply online using the ‘Apply for a UK visa’ service.

A certificate of entitlement costs £388 outside the UK.

North Korea

You cannot apply online if you’re living in North Korea.

To apply from North Korea you must:

If your application is refused

Your application fee will not be refunded if your application is refused because you do not qualify for right of abode or you do not send in enough evidence to support your claim.


You’ll be told how you can appeal if your application is rejected.

You will not have a right of appeal if your rejected application was received on or after 6 April 2015.

If you made your application in the UK, you can apply to have your application reconsidered if you think UKVI did not make the decision in line with the law or their policy.