Applying to naturalise as a British citizen: procedure
Produced in partnership with Francesca Delany; and Andrew Osborne and Bronte Cullum of Lewis Silkin

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Francesca Delany; and Andrew Osborne and Bronte Cullum of Lewis Silkin provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Applying to naturalise as a British citizen: procedure
  • Application form
  • Referees
  • Guidance notes
  • Fee
  • Supporting documents
  • Provision of biometric information
  • Processing times and general procedure
  • Advice on approval
  • Citizenship ceremony
  • More...

Applying to naturalise as a British citizen: procedure

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For updates and links to useful information, news and news analysis in relation to the implications for immigration lawyers, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) immigration resources.

This Practice Note outlines the key procedural requirements for applications to naturalise as a British citizen, as well as options for challenging refusals. For information on eligibility requirements, see Practice Note: Applying to naturalise as a British citizen: eligibility.

It does not cover the procedure for naturalisation applications made under the Windrush Scheme. See Practice Note: The Windrush Scheme.

Application form

In order to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen, form AN or its online equivalent must be completed. The hard copy form AN must be used if the applicant is applying from outside the UK.

See Home Office forms—applying from inside the UK for a Lexis®Smart Form version of this form, as well as a link to the online visa application process on the GOV.UK website.

A recent passport-sized photograph must be attached to the application form on the page for referees and identity (there are separate pages if the online form is used). The name and date of birth of the applicant should be written on the back of the photograph and it should

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