Applying for citizenship

This section offers information about how to apply for British citizenship.

Completing your Citizenship Application

There are many different Citizenship Application forms available, however most applications are for naturalisation, and so use the AN Form. You can download a copy of the British Citizenship Application form AN from the website. You can also find more information on the Citizenship and living in the UK page of the website. If your application is non-standard then check Types of British nationality page.

Be careful that you correctly submit your application. It is not possible to get a refund for incorrect applications. Thousands of citizenship applications are rejected each year for reasons that could have easily been avoided. Check the Guidance on completing form AN to ensure you fill your application form correctly.

Submitting your Citizenship Application

There are two ways that you can submit your application. The traditional method has been to post your application to the Home Office for processing. This requires you to send valuable documents with your application.

An alternative way of sending your application is to use the Nationality Checking Service (NCS). The service has two benefits:
  1. Your application is checked to make sure it has been completed correctly and that all required supporting documentation is attached.
  2. Valuable documents (such as passports) are photocopied and returned.
This service is offered by many local councils and is very popular. It should cost about £40 to submit your application using the service. The NCS is not available in every area - check to find out if it is offered in your area.

Waiting Times

You can get the latest expected waiting times from the Waiting times page of the website.

The Home Office advises that you should not to make any non-urgent travel arrangements until your passport(s) or travel document(s) have been returned.
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