Certificate of entitlements are granted as proof that an individual has the right to live and work in the UK without facing any immigration restrictions. This certificate is usually issued to individuals who have the right to reside in the UK but are not in possession of a British passport or identity card. The certificate is a sticker that is placed in a valid passport and it expires only when the passport does. To obtain another certificate for the new passport, a new application will need to be made
The following Commonwealth citizens qualify for the Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode:
- Either through birth, adoption or registration.
- Those legally adopted before 1st January 1983 by a UK born parent.
- A woman who has married a man prior to 1st January 1983 with the right of abode.
- Those that had the Right of Abode on 1st January 1983 and became British Citizens through five years continuous residence.
- Candidates born before 1st January 1983 to a UK born mother or UK born biological father .
- Individuals born to a Southern Irish mother or their biological father was born in Southern Ireland.
A Certificate of Entitlement will not be issued under the following conditions:
- If already in possession of a UK passport stating they are a British citizen.
- If already in possession of a UK passport describing them as a British subject with the right of abode in the UK.
- If they have an ID card that describes them as a British citizen.
- If they have an ID card describing them as a British subject with the right of abode in the UK.