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Dual citizen studying law at UK university

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We have been living in Australia as a family since 2013 and are dual citizens, holding both UK and Australian passports.

My son has been accepted to study Law at Cardiff Uni starting Sept 2021. We are aware that he will be an international student and will therefore pay international fees to study. We are just wondering whether there are any benefits of having the UK passport regarding visas/healthcare/finances? 

We have searched posts and are aware of the 3 year rule regarding residency. As far as we can tell there are no benefits to being a dual citizen if you return to the UK to study...is that right?

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The only benefit to being a dual citizen is that he doesn't need to get a visa to stay in the UK.    He will need to establish residency before he can register with a GP (but that's as simple as getting proof of a UK address).  


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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3 hours ago, Marisawright said:

The only benefit to being a dual citizen is that he doesn't need to get a visa to stay in the UK.    He will need to establish residency before he can register with a GP (but that's as simple as getting proof of a UK address).  

Are you referring to a visa post uni as opposed to a student visa? Assume he will still need a student visa before flying the UK to start University in September?

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49 minutes ago, hannah78 said:

Are you referring to a visa post uni as opposed to a student visa? Assume he will still need a student visa before flying the UK to start University in September?

A British citizen cannot get any kind of UK visa because he doesn't need one.  He is entitled to live, work and study in the UK.  He's just not entitled to benefits which have a residency requirement, like student grants, reduced university fees etc. 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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