British Citizenship – What now

British Citizenship – What now. Image credit; AdobeStock

British Citizenship – What now?

(Partner Content) Many South Africans dream of becoming a British citizen, but once they have their certificate of British citizenship, they are unsure whether they have to take any further steps. We have subsequently answered some of your frequently answered questions on receiving British citizenship.

British Citizenship – What now

British Citizenship – What now. Image credit; AdobeStock

What about my Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)?

One of the most important steps to take after you have received your certificate of British citizenship, is to return your BRP. You have to return your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to the Home Office within five working days of receiving your certificate of British Citizenship. The Home Office can fine you up to £1,000 if you do not post it back within five days. 

You have to cut the BRP up in four pieces, and post it back to them in a windowless envelope. You have to include a note stating you are returning the BRP because you have received citizenship. You also have to include your name, date of birth and BRP number. The address is: 

Naturalisation BRP Returns
PO Box 195
BS20 1BT

What if I have children after receiving British citizenship?

The good news is that children born after you have received citizenship do not need to go through any special processes. Once you receive British citizenship, you will automatically pass on your British citizenship to any children born.   

Your children born in the UK will receive British citizenship upon their registry. 

If a child of yours is born outside the UK, you have to register him/her as a British citizen at the nearest UK High Commission. 

Do I need to apply for a British Passport?

If you want to travel overseas, you will need to apply for a British passport. Once you have this passport you have to use it to enter the UK. 

Persons who do not want to apply for a British passport can apply for a Certificate of Entitlement.

It is important to note that you cannot use your Biometric Residence Permit as a travel document. 

Do I need to be in the UK for a certain number of days per year?

The good news is that once you have received your British citizenship, you no longer have to adhere to any travel restrictions. You cannot lose your British citizenship for not being present in the UK. Once you receive your British citizenship, you can live outside of the UK, without losing your citizenship. 

How Breytenbachs can help you 

If you are hoping to obtain British citizenship, you are at the right place. Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants have a team of experts that can assess your circumstances, and advise on the best immigration route for your unique circumstances. You can fill out our free online assessment, or contact us today to arrange a consultation at or visit 

Please note that the information in this article does not constitute professional advice. It is provided for general information purposes without any warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied.