Becoming a British citizen

Getting started


There are 6 things you need to show to become a British citizen. You must:

  1. Be 18 years old or older, and
  2. Intend to live in the UK permanently, and
  3. Pass the residence test, and
  4. Pass a test called the Knowledge of Life in the United Kingdom test unless you are exempt, and
  5. Show you can speak, read and write English to the right standard, and
  6. Be of good character

You can show you intend to live permanently in the UK by ticking that option on the application form.


Choose 1 of the 5 options below

Option 1 The residence test for British citizenship

Option 2 Knowledge of Life in the United Kingdom test

Option 3 English language skills

Option 4 Being of good character

Option 5 Applying for British citizenship


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