The UK Rules
Check if You can become a British Citizen

Can You become a British Citizen?

There are several different ways that you can apply for British citizenship. This section explains how to check your eligibility to become a British citizen.

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP: Your circumstances will determine the best way to apply.

In fact, you may be eligible to become a British citizen in more than one way. If so, you can choose which way to make the application.

If You Moved to the United Kingdom

In most cases, you would be able to apply providing you lived in the United Kingdom for the last five (5) years and:

Spouse or Civil Partner is a British citizen

As a rule, you can apply as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen. But, you must have lived in the United Kingdom for the last three (3) years and:

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If You were Born in the United Kingdom

Were you born in the United Kingdom and was it after the 1st of January 1983? If so, you may be eligible to apply to 'register' as a British citizen. Qualification would depend on what year you were born and the circumstances of your parents.

Other Ways of Checking Eligibility for British Citizen

You may also be eligible to apply for British citizenship if:

Commonwealth Citizens

The government has guidance on the Windrush scheme and information to check if you are eligible to apply for citizenship. Under the Windrush Scheme, both of these must apply to your situation:

Further rules apply if your parent arrived in the UK before 1973. In this case, you must have either:

Note: Some Commonwealth citizens may have the 'right of abode' for the UK. It would mean you can live or work in the UK without immigration restrictions. You may need to prove you have right of abode in the UK to meet the requirements.

How to Check if You are a British Citizen

Even though you may have automatic qualification, you can check if you are a British citizen online. As a rule it would depend on:

Note: There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens living in the UK until 2021. You and your family can apply for 'settled status' to continue living in the UK after June 2021. The scheme will open fully by March 2019.

How to Check if You Can become a British Citizen