How do I apply for naturalisation as a British citizen?
This section explains how to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen.
Changes to 'knowledge of language and life' requirements and application detailsRequirements for applicants for settlement or naturalisation changed on 28 October 2013, along with important information regarding the date of naturalisation.
To apply for naturalisation, you should use application form AN. Before you apply, you should ensure that you have read the section on eligibility.
You must be aged 18 or over to apply for naturalisation. If you are under 18, you should read the section on registering a child as a British citizen.
Before you make your application, you should read our guidance documents, Booklet AN and Guide AN. These provide full details of the requirements that you must meet, and how to complete the application form. You will need to confirm on the application form that you have read and understood both documents. Guide AN, section 9 refers to the leaftlet 'Wiping the slate clean', this leaflet is no longer available. To find information on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, see the Ministry of Justice website. You can download the documents as a single PDF from the right side of this page.
This page provides details of how you can demonstrate knowledge of language and of life in the United Kingdom; you will need to do this before you make your application for naturalisation.
This page provides details of how to complete the application form AN.
This page provides details of the documents you need to provide to us to support your application. The page includes a document checklist you can download to make sure you send us all the documents we need.
Naturalisation as a British citizen
- Form AN PDF 1.4MB opens in a new window
- Booklet AN PDF 321KB opens in a new window
- Guide AN PDF 319KB opens in a new window
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