Register as a British citizen

There are numerous ways you can register as a British citizen, and dependent on your circumstance, you will require the correct form for your application.

Here’s what you need to know.

 (Updated as of 16 April 2020)

Please note: paper forms are for those who live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory. If you are resident in the UK or elsewhere, you must apply online.

  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by naturalisation, you must register using form AN
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to register a child under 18, you must register using form MN1
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or if you live elsewhere and have certain other types of British nationality, you must register using form B(OS)
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post and are a British overseas territories citizen, British Overseas citizen, British protected person, British subject or British National (Overseas), you must register using form B(OTA)
  • If you want to register as a British citizen through residence in Hong Kong before 1997, you must register using form EM
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post and are a stateless person born before 1 January 1983, you must register using form S1
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post and are a stateless person born on or after 1 January 1983, you must register using form S2
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post and are a stateless person born in the UK or a British overseas territory on or after 1 January 1983, you must register using form S3
  • If you now live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post but were born and lived in the UK until the age of 10, you must register using form T 
  • If you’ve renounced your British citizenship and live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere, you must register using form RS1
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post and were born before 1 July 2006 to a British father and your parents were not married, you must register using form UKF
  • If you live in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory or if you live elsewhere and want to apply by post and were born before 1983 to a British mother, you must register using form UKM
  • If you were born on or after July 2006 and your mother was married to someone other than your natural father, you must register using form UKF(M) – for further guidance under this category, visit here 

Please note that due to coronavirus (COVID-19), applications via post will take longer than an online application. If are in the UK and require assistance with an online application, get help here.

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

For more information on 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.

To limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), until further notice, our drop-in service and all scheduled appointments will be held remotely. Please be advised that whilst our remote drop-in service will be held on Mondays between 10am – 1:30pm, our Friday service (usually held in Preston) has been cancelled for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

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