There are different ways of becoming a British citizen. Some people can ‘register’ as one.
Registering as a British citizen is usually simpler than becoming naturalised, but you must be eligible.
There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.
You may be eligible if:
- you have another form of British nationality
- you were born before 1 January 1983 to a British mother
- you were born to a British father, even if he was not married to your mother
- you were born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983
- you’re under 18 and don’t fit into the other categories
- you have a connection with Gibraltar or Hong Kong
- you’re stateless
As well as belonging to one of these groups there are other eligibility rules for each category.
The rules are different if you’ve previously renounced your British citizenship.
|If child turns 18 during application process||£80 each child (for citizenship ceremony)|
How to pay
You must pay the fee in full when you send in your application.
Use the payment slip.
In most cases you won’t get a refund if your application is refused. Read the guidance notes carefully before applying.
You must also provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). This costs £19.20.
The Home Office will tell you when you need to provide biometrics. Your biometric information is only held until you’ve attended a citizenship ceremony.