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I'm afraid the rules on British Nationality changed at the beginning of 1983. Before that time any person born in the UK was automatically a British Citizen. This explains why your brother acquired British Citizenship and you did not. Because you were born after 31st December 1982 to parents who were not British Citizens automatically and because you have not spent the first ten years of your life in the UK without leaving for more than 90 days you have not acquired it by being resident here. I am sorry to say that you have no more right than any other person from Nigeria who was not born here to get a visa.
At the moment the only normal form of working visas permitted are under the Tier 2 Sponsored Skilled Worker provisions. This means you would have to have a job offer from a licensed sponsor employer and meet the sufficient level of points. Info here:-
The only alternative is by virtue of your marriage/relationship with a UK /EEA national or to study. There is very strict points based criteria for student visas as well.
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No, I'm afraid that student are not afforded a right to obtain indefinite leave to remain in the same way that workers are (ie. Workers can obtain ILR after 5 years). Any period of time they spend in the UK can county towards claiming ILR on the basis of long residency (ie. 10 years) though.
Were you to marry or cohabit with a UK/EEA citizen for two year OR person with ILR then you could swtich to the appropriate spouses/unmarried partner's visa however.
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"Cohabit" means to live with. You would cohabit with your husband in your house, for example.
"ILR" is an abbrieviation of "Indefinite Leave to Remain" which means that you can remain in the UK for as long as you like. You must obtain this first before naturalising (ie. becoming) a British Citizen.
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That's what I mean when I refer to EEA above.
If you became married to any person who is a national of an EEA member state then you could apply for a residence card, which would permit you to stay in the UK for 5 years. At the end of that time you could apply for permanent residence provided you were still in a relationship with the EEA national.
The rights of European nationals are not relevant to you because you have no european ancestry.
If you married a EEA member state national then you would get leave to remain if they were in the UK.
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