Good character: nationality policy guidance

Guidance on assessing the good character requirement in nationality applications.


Good character requirement

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This guidance tells Home Office staff how to assess the good character requirement in relevant nationality applications.

It applies to:

  • all decisions made on or after 14 January 2019 which are as a result of a person’s association with war crimes or extremism
  • all new applications for citizenship made on or after 14 January 2019
Published 27 July 2017
Last updated 20 September 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added accessible and pdf of updated versions. Aligned with provisions on lawful residence introduced into the British Nationality Act 1981 (BNA) by section 9 and Schedule 1 of the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 (NABA), and with differentiation of refugees in section 12 of the NABA 2022. There is also a new section on travel bans and clarification that a fine imposed under the coronavirus regulations counts as a fixed penalty notice. Finally, there is clarification that pending prosecutions include where a person is under investigation but has not yet been charged with an offence.

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