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.
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 becomes 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.