Eligibility and fees
You can apply for British citizenship by ‘naturalisation’ if you:
- are 18 or over
- are a national of a European Economic Area (EEA) country
- have had permanent residence status for the last 12 months - you’ll need a permanent residence document to prove this
You must also:
- prove you were in the UK exactly 5 years before the day the Home Office receives your application
- prove your knowledge of English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic
- have passed the life in the UK test
- intend to continue living in the UK
- be of good character - read Naturalisation booklet AN
This is one way to apply for British citizenship. Check if you’re eligible another way, for example if you have indefinite leave to remain or your spouse is a British citizen.
You should have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application.
You cannot 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).
You should also not have:
- spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
- spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
- broken any UK immigration laws (for example working illegally in the UK)
How much it costs
It costs £1,330 to apply.
If you send the wrong fee your application will not be processed and you’ll have to apply again.
After you’ve applied 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.
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.