3. How to apply
There are 3 ways to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation:
- make an individual application
- use the Nationality Checking Service (NCS)
- use an agent or representative
Make an individual application
You can either:
Read the full guidance and requirements booklet for more information about eligibility and what documents you need to provide.
Get help using a computer to apply online
You can get help with:
- accessing a computer or the internet
- finding the right information on GOV.UK
You can’t get advice on:
- whether you’re eligible to apply
- what information to put in your application
- an application you’ve already made
Apply using the NCS
The NCS is run by local councils and they can help you make your application. Check if your local council has an NCS.
Apply through an agent or representative
An agent or representative is a private company or individual that can help you with your application and give you advice.
Check if an agent or representative is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
You can also use some solicitors or barristers that aren’t registered with the OISC. These include:
- General Council of the Bar
- Law Society of England and Wales
- Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
- Faculty of Advocates
- Law Society of Scotland
- General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland
- Law Society of Northern Ireland
Read about the fees for citizenship applications.
You must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). This costs £19.20.
The Home Office will tell you when you need to provide your biometric information. Your biometric information is only held until you’ve attended a citizenship ceremony.