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Right of Abode

Right of abode in the UK means that you have the unconditional right to live and work in the UK without being subject to any immigration restrictions. All British citizens automatically have the right of abode, as well as some Commonwealth citizens.

The right of abode for Commonwealth citizens

You will have right of abode in the UK if you are able to satisfy all of the following conditions:

Women who are Commonwealth citizens may have right of abode through marriage, if you can satisfy the following conditions:

If your spouse has another wife who is still alive, you will not usually have the right of abode if she is living or has lived in the UK since their marriage and holds a certificate of entitlement to the right of abode. There are certain exceptions, however, and you may still be able to claim right of abode if you were married and arrived in the UK before 1 August 1988, have remained ever since and were your spouse’s only wife to legally enter the country at that time.

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