Gibraltar and Hong Kong


You probably became a British citizen automatically if you were registered as a British overseas territories citizen in Gibraltar before 21 May 2002.

You can register as a British citizen if you were either:

  • naturalised in Gibraltar as a British overseas territories citizen after 21 May 2002
  • registered in Gibraltar as a minor after 21 May 2002

Get an application form from the Civil Status and Registration office.

Civil Status and Registration office
Telephone: +00 350 2005 1726

Hong Kong

You can apply if you’re ordinarily resident in Hong Kong at the date of your application and were a resident there on 3 February 1997.

Children born after this date must be ordinarily resident at the time of their birth.

Ordinarily resident means:

  • you live in Hong Kong full-time
  • you’re not breaking any immigration rules
  • you’ve moved to Hong Kong voluntarily with the intention of settling there

You must also be of good character.


You must have been a British national on 3 February 1997 and you mustn’t have held another citizenship or nationality at the time or since then.

You can apply if you became a British national after 3 February 1997, unless you hold another nationality.

You can be a national of a country even if you’ve never had a passport from there - make sure this isn’t the case before applying for British citizenship.

You might be a Chinese national if you became a British national through your Hong Kong connections but are ethnically Chinese. Contact the immigration department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region before applying.

How to apply

Fill in:

Application Cost
Each adult £1,163
Each child £973
If child turns 18 during application process £80 each child (for citizenship ceremony)

Send the application form and payslip to the correct address for the country you’re in.

In most cases you won’t get a refund if your application is refused. Read the guidance to form EM before applying.

After you apply

You’ll also need to provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). You’ll be sent a letter explaining how. It costs £19.20.