Check your eligibility for citizenship - how to apply, children under 18, the Life in the UK Test and citizenship ceremonies
There are different ways to become a British citizen. The most common is called ‘naturalisation’.
You can apply for British citizenship by naturalisation if:
And you must usually have:
There are different requirements if your spouse or civil partner is a British citizen.
You can’t include any time spent in the UK when you’re exempt from immigration control (for example, as a diplomat or member of visiting armed forces) as part of the 5 years.
!You may be able to apply to become a British citizen by ‘registration’ in certain circumstances.
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.
Children under 18
You can apply on behalf of a child under 18 if they meet the eligibility criteria. They don’t have to pass the Life in the UK Test.
Read more about citizenship for children under 18 in Guide MN1.
Read about the different fees for citizenship applications.
If you’re married to, or the civil partner of, a British citizen, you can apply for citizenship if:
Unless your spouse or civil partner works abroad either for the UK government or for an organisation closely linked to government, you must usually also have:
There are 3 ways to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation:
You can either:
Read the full guidance and requirements booklet for more information about eligibility and what documents you need to provide.
If you apply online, you might be able to keep your documents while your application is processed.
You can get help with:
You can’t get advice on:
Telephone: 03333 445 675
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Text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944
The NCS is run by local councils and they can help you make your application. Check if your local council has an NCS.
An agent or representative is a private company or individual that can help you with your application and give you advice.
Check if an agent or representative is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
You can also use some solicitors or barristers that aren’t registered with the OISC. These include:
Read about the fees for citizenship applications.
You must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). This costs £19.20.
The Home Office will tell you when you need to provide your biometric information. Your biometric information is only held until you’ve attended a citizenship ceremony.
Send your application form, fee and any supporting documents to:UKVI
Send your application to the Lieutenant Governor.
Send your application to the Governor of the territory.
Send your application to UK Visas and Immigration:Department 1
Read about the different fees for citizenship applications.
You’ll get a letter confirming your application. It can take up to 4 weeks for you to get the confirmation.
A decision about your application will usually be made within 6 months - some applications can take longer.
You’ll be told if you need to give more information to help with your application. You should also contact UK Visas and Immigration if your situation changes (eg, you move house, get married or are arrested) during your application.
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You might be asked to attend an interview where you’ll need to speak without an interpreter.
You’ll be invited to book a place at a citizenship ceremony if your application is successful and you’re over 18.
You’re usually allowed to take 2 guests. You must take your invitation when you go to your ceremony.
There’s a ceremony fee of £80.
Your ceremony will usually take place close to where you live.
Citizenship ceremonies are organised by your local council and are usually done in groups. Book your citizenship ceremony with your council. You can ask for a private ceremony.
If you’re not living in the UK, you can ask to have your ceremony at the embassy or consulate in the country you’re living in.
If you’re only abroad for a few months, you might be asked to postpone the ceremony until you return to the UK.
If you’re planning to be away for longer, you might have to prove you’re planning to live in the UK permanently.
You’ll have to make an oath of allegiance (or you can make an affirmation if you prefer not to swear by God) and a pledge. This means you’ll promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.
At the end of the ceremony you’ll be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.
Some local councils sell photographs or videos of the event.
You’ll need to make an oath or affirmation of allegiance but you won’t need to attend a citizenship ceremony if you’re registering to become a:
Once you’ve got your certificate of British citizenship, send your biometric residence permit back to the Home Office.
You must send your permit back within 5 working days of either:
Cut your biometric residence permit (BRP) into 4 pieces and put it in a windowless envelope. Include a note saying you’re returning your permit because you’ve become a citizen. The note needs to include your name, date of birth and the document number (located on the front of the card).Naturalisation BRP Returns
You’ll be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t return your permit within 5 working days.
You must have either a British passport or a right of abode certificate to enter the UK.
You can’t enter the UK using your BRP or certificate of British citizenship.
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