How to Become a Citizen in the UK

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How to Become a Citizen in the UK
Becoming a UK citizen takes time and dedication. (flags flying above the rock of Gibraltar image by Gail Oswald from

Applying for citizenship in the United Kingdom takes time, careful consideration and dedication to Britain, its people, its way of life and its queen. This is not simple and takes years of living on UK soil and integrating yourself into the culture. Once you are ready to apply, the process is very easy and wait times for application processing are generally around just six months.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Live in the UK for five years. If you are married to a British citizen, you only have to live in the UK for three years before applying for citizenship.

  2. 2

    Select the application that best fits your situation at and complete all application requirements outlined on the website.

  3. 3

    Complete the Life in the UK test. Non-English speakers must complete an English language course. Life in the UK testing centres can be found at

  4. 4

    Send in your application and fees to: UK Border Agency Department 1 PO Box 306 Liverpool, L2 0QN England.

    Fees vary depending on application type and other conditions. A list of fees for applying for British citizenship can be found at

  5. 5

    Wait for the UK Border Agency to contact you and respond to any inquiries as soon as possible. If your application is approved, you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony.

  6. 6

    Arrange your citizenship ceremony with the local authority, which will be listed on your invitation to become a citizen. You must arrange your ceremony within 90 days of receiving your invitation.

  7. 7

    Attend the citizenship ceremony and recite the oath and pledge, which can be found at

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