Form UKM: Register as a British citizen

The Home Office have recently issued guidance for registering as a British citizen if you were born before 1983 to a British mother.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 01 December 2020)

What requirements must I meet to register as a British citizen?

You will be entitled to registration if you meet all these requirements:

  • you were born before 1 January 1983
  • you would have become a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent if, before 1 January 1983, women had been able to pass on citizenship to their children in the same way as men at the time of your birth
  • you would have acquired a right of abode in the UK because:
    • your mother was, at the time of your birth, a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth, legal adoption, naturalisation or registration* in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, or
    • one of your mother’s parents **was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth, legal adoption, naturalisation or registration* in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man at the time of her birth, or
    • one of your father’s parents** was a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by birth, legal adoption, naturalisation or registration* in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands or Isle of Man at the time of his birth, or
    • you were resident in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 5 years before 1983 and had become settled in the United Kingdom by the end of that 5-year period, or
    • you are a woman who, before 1 January 1983, was or had been married to a man with the right of abode in the United Kingdom

Do I need to enrol my biometric details to register as a British citizen?

As part of your application, all applicants are required to enrol their biometric details for the purpose of identity verification. Children under 18 applying for registration as a British citizen must also enrol their biometric details. Children under the age of 6 do not need to provide fingerprints but must have a digital photograph taken of their face.

What documents do I need to register as a British citizen?

For British citizen applications to be considered, the following documents are required:

  • Your passport
  • Your full birth certificate (one which includes the name of your parent(s), (which should be requested from the relevant authorities in your country of origin),
  • Your mother’s full birth certificate, and either
  • Her certificate of naturalisation or registration as a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or, before 1 January 1949, as a British subject), or
  • Papers showing her legal adoption, or
  • Her expired citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies passport.

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

For more information on Form UKM: registering as a British citizen, send an email to info@compasslaw.org.uk or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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