Applying for citizenship

Seek legal advice before applying for citizenship

Applying for British citizenship is a complex and expensive process. Before making an application for citizenship, or registering your child as a British citizen, you should speak to your legal representative. This will reduce the risk of mistakes and help to avoid complications and unnecessary delays.

Ensure you meet the requirements for citizenship

There are certain requirements that you must meet before you can successfully apply. Determining whether you meet all of the requirements can be a difficult process and the money you pay with your application is generally non-refundable. Your lawyer should be able to help decide if you meet the requirements for applying for citizenship.

Advice leaflet on applying for citizenship

We cannot offer legal advice on applying for citizenship. However, our advice leaflet outlines the importance of seeking legal advice before applying for citizenship. It also provides information about other organisations that may be able to give you advice:

Read our advice leaflet on applying for citizenship (30Kb, PDF).