Apply for citizenship if you were born in the UK

Who can apply

You may be eligible to apply to ‘register’ as a British citizen if you were born in the UK. It depends on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances.

This is one way to apply for British citizenship. Check if you’re eligible to apply another way - including through the Windrush scheme.

You were born on or after 1 January 1983

You may be eligible if either:

When you do not need to apply

You’re automatically a British citizen if you were both:

  • born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983
  • born when one of your parents was a British citizen or ‘settled’ in the UK

Your parent was settled in the UK if they had one of the following:

  • indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • a permanent residence document (if they’re an EU citizen)

You can apply for a UK passport instead, or ask for a letter confirming your citizenship.

You were born before 1983

You’re automatically a British citizen if you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983, unless:

  • your father was a diplomat working for a non-UK country
  • your father was ‘an enemy alien in occupation’ and you were born in the Channel Islands during World War 2

You can apply for a UK passport instead, or ask for a letter confirming your citizenship.