Who can apply

You may be eligible for British citizenship if you have a British parent.

It depends on where and when you were born, and your parents’ circumstances.

You were born in the UK

Check your eligibility for citizenship if you were born in the UK.

You were born outside the UK

British citizenship is normally automatically passed down one generation to children born outside the UK.

For example, you might automatically become a citizen if you’re born outside the UK to a British parent. But your children will not automatically be citizens if they’re born outside the UK.

If you’re not automatically a citizen, you may be eligible to apply to ‘register’ as one.

Check your eligibility if you were born:

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