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

Fill in:

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

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

Fill in the application form and payment slip (make sure you fill in the correct registration fee).

  • if you were born in the UK or a qualifying British overseas territory, use application form S3 - read the guidance notes before you apply

  • if you were born outside the UK or the British overseas territories, use application form S2 - read the guidance notes before you apply

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 your application form 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.