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
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
|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.