Naturalisation is a legal process whereby someone with no automatic claim to British citizenship can become a British citizen and obtain the same rights and privileges as someone who was born a British citizen.
You can normally apply for naturalisation as a British citizen if you have lived in the United Kingdom or Islands for 5 years or more, or are married to a British citizen and have lived in the United Kingdom or Islands for 3 years or more.
Registration is a legal process by which someone can gain British citizenship, or other British nationality status.
Registration as a British citizen is available only to people who already have specific connections to the United Kingdom or Islands, the British overseas territories, or Hong Kong.
Naturalisation and registration applications
All naturalisation and registration applications for Jersey residents are dealt with by the Jersey Customs and Immigration Service.
The British Government is responsible for administering the laws covering British citizenship through the British Nationality Act 1981 (BNA) which automatically applies to Jersey.
British citizenship and other forms of British nationality application requirements
The Gov.UK website contains detailed guidance of the requirements you need to meet before you apply to become a British citizen or to register for another form of British nationality.
This guidance also applies to applications made in Jersey.
Becoming a British citizen by naturalisation or registration on Gov.UK website
Apply for naturalisation
You can get a naturalisation pack from the Passport Office at Maritime House or download it below. This pack explains the paperwork you will need to submit with your application.
Your application may take up to 12 months from the date we receive your completed form.
Cost of naturalisation
It costs £826 to be naturalised as a British citizen.
Booklet AN: Naturalisation Booklet - The Requirements on Gov.UK website
Apply for registration
You can collect an application form for registration from the Passport Office at Maritime House.
Your application may take up to 3 months from the date we receive your completed form.
Cost of registration
It costs £743 for an adult and £669 for a child to be registered as a British citizen.
Proof that you have not become a British citizen
To get a passport in another country, you may need proof that you have not become a British citizen by registration or naturalisation in the UK. You can get this proof by applying to the Home Office.
You should download and print form NQ below. You must complete both parts of the form and send the completed form, fee and payment slip to:
PO Box 306
Download proof that you are not a British citizen (NQ) form (size 96kb)