Check if you can become a British citizen

There are different ways to apply for British citizenship based on your circumstances.

If you’re eligible in more than one way you can choose which way to apply.

You moved to the UK

You may be able to apply for citizenship by ‘naturalisation’ if either:

Check your eligibility to apply by naturalisation

If you’ve lived in the UK for the last 5 years you may be able to:

You may be able to apply as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen instead. You need to have lived in the UK for the last 3 years and have either:

  • indefinite leave to remain
  • a permanent residence document (if you’re from the EEA)

You were born in the UK

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if you were born in the UK. It depends on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances.

Other ways you can be eligible

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if:

If you’re a Commonwealth citizen

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship under the Windrush Scheme if both:

  • you or one of your parents arrived in the UK before 1973
  • you’ve lived in the UK and not been away from it for more than 2 years

If your parent arrived in the UK before 1973, you must have either:

  • been born in the UK
  • arrived in the UK before you were 18

Some Commonwealth citizens have ‘right of abode’ in the UK. This means you can live or work in the UK without immigration restrictions. Check if you can apply to prove you have right of abode in the UK.