British Citizenship

Information about British citizenship
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What does British citizenship give you?

The right to hold a British passport. full civic rights – this includes the right to vote in elections and the right to stand for public office. free NHS medical care. no restrictions on your right to work.

There are different ways to apply for British citizenship (or ‘naturalisation’) based on your circumstances.

If you’re eligible in more than one way you can choose which way to apply.

Check if you can become a British citizen

Check if you are a British Citizen

Applying for citizenship if you have a British parent

British Citizenship

Types of British Citizenship

A collection of guidance for British nationality and to obtain evidence to the right of abode in the UK.

Citizenship ceremonies

You need to attend a citizenship ceremony if you’re 18 or over and have successfully applied to become a British citizen.

During the ceremony

At the ceremony you will have to make an oath of allegiance (or an affirmation if you prefer not to swear by God) and a pledge. This means you promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.

At the end of the ceremony you’ll be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack. If you attend a virtual ceremony, you’ll be sent a copy of the certificate afterwards.

British passport eligibility

You can apply for a British passport if you have British nationality. But there are some circumstances where your application can be refused or your existing passport can be retained.

Fees for citizenship applications

Information about fees for citizenship and right of abode applications and payment slip.