Individuals who are British citizens may travel freely into and out of the UK. The right to live in the UK and to come and go freely, without any restriction, is known as 'right of abode'. Most people living in the UK are British citizens. This is their nationality.

Sometimes people from other countries wish to come to the UK, on a temporary or permanent basis. The government controls entry and immigration to the UK for those individuals who are not currently British citizens with right of abode.

Free online immigration self-help advice is available from Citizens Advice