Register as a British citizen

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:

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar
  • Montserrat
  • 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.