8. Stateless people
You may be able to register as a British citizen if you’re not recognised as a citizen of any country - that is, if you’re a ‘stateless person’.
To register all of the following must apply:
- you’ve lived in the UK or an overseas territory for 3 years or more
- one of your parents is a British citizen, subject or protected person
- you were born outside the UK and qualifying territories on or after 1 January 1983
Qualifying territories are all the British overseas territories, except sovereign base areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia (in Cyprus).
If you become a British citizen and you have children, they may automatically become British citizens but this depends on your circumstances. For example, if you’re a British citizen by descent you won’t be able to pass on British citizenship to your children.
Born before 1 January 1983
Apply using form S1. Read the guidance before you apply.
You’re probably already a British citizen if you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983.
Born on or after 1 January 1983 in the UK or a British overseas territory
The British overseas territories are:
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Pitcairn Islands
- Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
- sovereign base areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Apply using form S3. Read the guide before you apply.
Born on or after 1 January 1983 outside the UK or the British overseas territories
Apply using form S2. Read the guide before you apply.