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Guidance: Right of abode: guidance

Updated: Updated guidance and right of abode flow chart added.

This guidance tells Home Office staff how to consider right of abode applications in the UK.

It includes information on:

  • the law on the right of abode
  • who qualifies and proving the right of abode
  • the procedure for obtaining and granting a certificate of entitlement
  • how to process a right of abode application
  • refusals and appeals

The flow chart document is used to assess whether a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies had the right of abode on 31 December 1982.