By: Simon B
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Emigrating from the UK
Emigrating is deciding to leave the UK for good and going to live as a citizen of another country. Just as the UK has strict immigration laws about who can and can’t live in the UK and who can apply for UK citizenship, so, too, do other countries. Some, such as New Zealand, accept only people under a certain age. Others allow people to live and work there only if they bring skills that are in short supply or if they have family members already living there, and some you have to have a skilled trade or have a professional trade to be a citizen.
Getting permission to emigrate to another country can take years during which you need to go through all sorts of vetting procedures and applications forms. The Foreign Office can advise you, and you can also pay private companies to do all the necessary paperwork for you. If you do intend to make your home outside the UK but you would like to be sure that any children born abroad are entitled to UK citizenship, should they decide to come back, you should check the situation before you go.
The laws in the country you want to live in are different from those of the UK, so you should get as much information as possible before you apply so that you’re sure you’re making the right move.
If you want to take your children to live abroad but you are no longer with their other parent, you should have the permission of that parent. If they refuse, you or the other parent can apply to the court for a decision about where the children live.