1. Overview

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 will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU.

You may be eligible if:

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.

Registration fees

Application Cost
Each adult £1,163
Each child £973
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.

Biometric information

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.