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Who can apply for British citizenship and other forms of British nationality?

This section explains the requirements you need to meet before you apply to become a British citizen or to register for another form of British nationality.

Depending on your current citizenship or nationality you may be able to apply in several ways. You should read the requirements for each type of application that is relevant and decide which is best for you.

If you are unsure if you meet the requirements, you should contact us for advice.

In this section

Can I be naturalised as a British citizen?

If you are over 18 and have been living in the United Kingdom for the last five years (or three years if you are married to or a civil partner of a British citizen) you may be able to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen. You may also be able to apply for naturalisation if you or your husband, wife or civil partner is in crown or designated service outside the United Kingdom. Applications for naturalisation are made using application form AN.

Can I register as a British citizen or British overseas territories citizen?

This section explains the requirements you need to meet to register as a British citizen in one of several categories, or as a British overseas territories citizen who has previously given up citizenship. You may be eligible to apply under several of the categories explained in this section.The categories covered in this section are BOS, BOTA, EM, UKM, G, T, RS1 and RS2.

Can I register a person under 18 as a British citizen or for another form of nationality?

This section explains how a person under 18 can register as a British citizen, British overseas territories citizen, British overseas citizen, or British subject.The categories covered in this section are MN1, MN2, MN3 and MN4.

Can I register as a British citizen or for another form of British nationality if I am stateless?

This section explains how you can register as a British citizen, British overseas territories citizen, British overseas citizen, or Britishsubjectif you are currently stateless.The categories covered in this section are S1, S2 and S3.

Good character requirement

This page explains what is meant by good character. If you are aged 10 or over when you make your application for British citizenship you must be of good character.

Sound mind requirement

This page explains what is meant by being of sound mind. If you are making an application for British citizenship you must be of sound mind. This is known as the full capacity requirement.