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Right of abode: living permanently in the UK

​About right of abode

Right of abode means the right to live permanently in the United Kingdom (UK) without any immigration restrictions. 

The ‘United Kingdom’ includes:

  • Great Britain
  • Northern Ireland
  • Channel Islands
  • Isle of Man

Certificate of entitlement to the right of abode

A certificate of entitlement to the right of abode is proof of your right to live and work here.

You’ll only be given a certificate if you have the right of abode but don't ​have a way of proving it (eg you don’t have a UK passport or ID card showing you are a British citizen or subject).

Applying for a certificate

If you live in Jersey, you must apply to the UK Visas and Immigration for a certificate of entitlement.

A certificate of entitlement is put in your current passport. When your passport expires, your certificate also expires. You must apply for a new one in the same way.

UK application form ROA on the Gov.UK website

UK guidance notes on the Gov.UK website

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