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 five years or more, or are married to a British citizen and have lived in the United Kingdom or Islands for three 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 in Jersey
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) and as such the BNA automatically applies to Jersey.
British citizenship - language requirements
Who can apply for British citizenship and other forms of British nationality?
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) 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.
Naturalisation as a British citizen on UKBA website
Registering a person under 18 as a British citizen or other nationality on UKBA website
Registering as a British citizen or other form of British nationality if stateless on UKBA website
Good character requirement on UKBA website
Sound mind requirement on UKBA website
Registration: how to apply
You can collect an application form for registration from the Passport Office at Maritime House.
Your application could take up to three months from the date we receive your completed form.
Cost of registration
It costs £673 to be registered as a British citizen. If you are applying for more than one child to be registered the cost will be £1,178 for the first two children, plus £505 for every additional child.
Naturalisation: how to apply
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 could take up to 12 months from the date we receive your completed form.
Cost of naturalisation
It costs £794 to be naturalised as a British citizen. For married couples or civil partners making a joint application the joint fee is £1,390.
Download form AN - application form for naturalisation as a British Citizen from the UKBA website (size 111kb)
Download the guide for applicants for naturalisation as a British Citizen from the UKBA website (size 202kb)
Download the naturalisation pack - Jersey forms (size 88kb)
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 UKBA.
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)