You were born before 1983

You may automatically be a British citizen if you were born before 1 January 1983 and:

  • you were born outside the UK
  • your father is British 

When you were born, your father must have been all of the following:

  • a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies
  • married to your mother
  • able to pass on his citizenship to you

Your father could pass on his citizenship to you if he was one of the following:

  • born or adopted in the UK
  • given citizenship after applying for it in his own right (not based on having a British parent)
  • working as a Crown servant when you were born (for example in the diplomatic service, overseas civil service or armed forces)

If you’re automatically a citizen, you can apply for a UK passport or ask for a letter confirming your citizenship.

If you’re not automatically a citizen

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if either:

  • your parents were not married when you were born
  • your mother was British, not your father

Your mother or father must have been a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies when you were born. They must also have been one of the following:

  • born or adopted in the UK
  • given citizenship after applying for it in their own right (not based on having a British parent)
  • working as a Crown servant when you were born (for example in the diplomatic service, overseas civil service or armed forces)

You must also be of ‘good character’ - read the guidance when you fill in the application form. 

Before you apply

Read the guidance to form:

  • UKF if your father was British
  • UKM if your mother was British

How to apply

You can:

To apply by post, download and fill in:

Send the form, payment slip (including the £80 citizenship ceremony fee) and your documents to the the correct address for the country you’re in.

If you apply this way, your children will not automatically become British if they’re born outside the UK. Check if you’re eligible to apply another way.

Biometric information

You must also pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken. You’ll be told how to do this after you’ve applied.

Get help using a computer to apply online

You can get help completing the online form if you do not feel confident using a computer or do not have access to one

You cannot get immigration advice through this service.

Help completing the online form
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