The best passports to hold in 2019

Japan has the world’s most powerful passport while the UK and USA were in joint sixth place in 2018, a new global ranking has revealed. The ranking has been produced by the Henley Passport Index, which is based on data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It analyses how many countries a passport holder can enter visa-free or on a visa-on-arrival basis.

Applying for British passport

 The most common procedure to obtain a British passport is to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen under section 6(1) or 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. To be eligible, you will need to be:

  • Be 18 years old and above


  • Be of good character


  • Have an intention to make the UK your main home


  • Be able to show that you have met the English language requirement as well as the Life in the UK requirement


  • Have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application, and hold Indefinite Leave to Remain status or settled status for at least 12 months before you apply (unless you are the spouse/ civil partner of a British citizen)


  • Must not have spent more than 450 days outside the UK over the last 5 years (270 days in the last 3 years as a spouse), and no more than 90 days over the last 12 months


Contact Our Immigration Team

 For expert advice regarding any aspect of the British passport application, please contact our immigration team on 0203 384 3075 or contact us here.


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