Apply for citizenship if you were born in the UK

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Apply for citizenship if you were born in the UK

You may be eligible to apply to ‘register’ as a British citizen if you were born in the UK. It depends on when you were born and your parents’ circumstances.

You were born on or after 1 January 1983

You may be eligible if either:

When you do not need to apply

You’re automatically a British citizen if you were both:

  • born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983
  • born when one of your parents was a British citizen or ‘settled’ in the UK

Your parent was settled in the UK if they had one of the following:

  • indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • indefinite leave to enter the UK
  • a permanent residence document (if they’re an EU citizen)

You can apply for a UK passport instead, or ask for a letter confirming your citizenship.

You were born before 1983

You’re automatically a British citizen if you were born in the UK before 1 January 1983, unless:

  • your father was a diplomat working for a non-UK country
  • your father was ‘an enemy alien in occupation’ and you were born in the Channel Islands during World War 2

You can apply for a UK passport instead, or ask for a letter confirming your citizenship.

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