Use this online form to apply for British citizenship by naturalisation.
In your application, you can also include family members. Each person included in the application will be assessed against the statutory requirements in their own right.
You can also apply on behalf of a child under 18 if they meet the eligibility criteria. Read more about citizenship for children under 18 in Guide MN1.
Before you apply
Before you begin your application, ensure you can provide the following:
- a ‘Life in the UK Test’ certificate: this must be from the official government service for Life in the UK Tests and you will need to provide your pass reference number (If you are applying on behalf of a child under 18, they don’t have to pass the Life in the UK Test)
- two referees
- proof of your knowledge of the English language
If you already have a certificate for knowledge of the English language to at least B1 level, used as part of a successful settlement application, you can use this towards this application.
You also need to provide one of the following:
- evidence of Indefinite Leave to Remain
- a European Economic Area (EEA) Permanent Residence Card
- a certificate of entitlement to the right to abode
For further information on residence requirements, eligibility, referees and the evidence we require, read the guidance notes and requirements booklet.
Find out more about the fees for citizenship applications.
Any reference in this form to EEA nationals includes Swiss nationals.
Nationality document return service
This service allows you to keep hold of your documents whilst your application is being processed. If you want to apply for British citizenship through this service, you must apply online (you will not be able to use the paper form). If you want to make a joint citizenship and passport application, you must also use this online service. You will need to attend an appointment with them within 10 working days of submitting your online application. You may want to check availability before you submit your application.
Nationality checking service
If you do not live in the UK
You cannot apply online. You should download and complete the paper form. (This includes people who live in the Channel Islands, on the Isle of Man or in a British Overseas Territory).
How long it takes you to complete the application will depend on your situation. You will be able to save your application and come back to it at another time if you need to.
If you are inactive for 25 minutes you will be automatically logged out.