Apply for citizenship if you have a British parent

You were born between 1983 and June 2006

You’re automatically a British citizen if you were born outside the UK and all of the following apply:

  • you were born between 1 January 1983 and 30 June 2006
  • your mother or father was a British citizen when you were born (they must have been married if your father had British citizenship but your mother did not)
  • your British parent could pass on their citizenship to you

Your British parent could pass on their citizenship to you if they were 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)

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

If your British father was not married to your mother

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if your father was a British citizen when you were born.

He must also have been 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)

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

How to apply

Read the guidance to form UKF before you apply.

You can either:

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

After you apply, you must also pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken. You’ll be sent a letter explaining what to do.

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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