UK immigration dual citizenship conundrum
August 30, 2014 1:32 AM Subscribe
Flestrin minimus, a US citizen by birth and also a British citizen by descent by way of being the legitimate son of a British father, is planning to travel to London to visit family and study. He has a valid US pasport and has applied for a British passport, BUT
said British passport has not yet arrived (it turns out that allowing 40% longer than the 10 week estimate was not enough extra padding). So, he has a US pasport, a one-way plane ticket and time constraints. How best to proceed?
posted by Quinbus Flestrin to Travel & Transportation (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
- Tell the airline that he's a British citizen, so they let him on the plane without a return booking, and bring birth certificates etc. to prove it to UK immigration if challenged.
- Buy an unrestricted UK->US ticket for the putative "return leg" of a round trip and change it/get a refund later, if asked just saying that he is visiting family (which is true).
- Do something else*?
No doubt the British passport will arrive shortly after he departs and we can send it on to him. If he has entered the UK on a US passport, will he need to exit the UK on his US passport then reenter on his British passport (say, a day trip to Calais) some time in the next six months to keep everything square?
Is there anything else to consider? Oh, just to cover all bases, he's been to the UK a bunch of times before as a tourist on his US passport, but because of his pending application HM Passport Office (and hence possibly UK immigration) now has details of his dual citizenship linked to his US passport number.
*I suppose he could
try to apply for a student visa, but if he is even eligible it muddies pools: I'm not sure there's still time, it's an extra, unnecessary expense, and it's likely to cause confusion with the university etc. when he magically changes into a British citizen a week or five later.