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UK Citizenship Cost

Applying for a UK citizenship tends to be a costly process. Along with the initial citizenship fee, you will also encounter other costs throughout the entirety of the application.

The total cost of your application for citizenship will be dependent on your specific case. It is important to keep in mind that there are plenty of hidden fees that may ultimately increase your total costs by a large amount. We have offices in the UK and Lagos. You can reach out to us on +44 (0) 3316300929 if you’re in the UK, or +23413438882 if you’re in Nigeria. Or, use the online contact form to submit an enquiry.

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British Citizenship Fees

How Much it Costs

The initial application for British citizenship costs £1,330. This amount includes the £80 British citizenship ceremony fee, which will also include the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge.

Following this initial amount, you must also be prepared to pay for the following:

  • Biometric appointment fee – £19.20
  • Life in the UK Test fee – £50
  • English language test fee (only required for citizens of specified countries) – £150

If you have previously taken the Life in the UK test and an English language test as part of an Indefinite Leave to Remain application, you will not have to pay to take these again.

Other British Citizenship Fees to Pay

As well as the fees previously mentioned, there may be other costs associated with your citizenship application. For example, if your documents are not written in English then you will have to get them professionally translated.

The cost of getting documents translated will depend on how many need to be processed, but it is often upward of £180.

Registration Fees for Children

The cost for a child to register as a British citizen will be less than the naturalisation application fee, at £1012. If the child turns 18 in the middle of the application process they will then have to pay an additional £80 British citizenship ceremony fee.

Children who have been born in the UK will be eligible to register as a British citizen when their parents have acquired Indefinite Leave to Remain or another form of settled status.

Children born outside of the UK may be eligible to register as a British citizen in the instance that they have at least one British parent or if they have lived in the UK for over 10 years.

Fee Waiver for Children Applying for British Citizenship

In 2022 the Home Office introduced a fee exemption and fee waiver for children under 18 who meet the criteria to register for British citizenship.

Those who may be applicable for a fee waiver are as follows:

  • Children applying to register as British citizens if they and their parents or guardians show they cannot afford the fee
  • Children who are looked after by a local authority
  • Children applying to register as British citizens who reside outside of the UK and are in a similar situation to being looked after by a local authority

There is also a related exemption from the fees payable for the citizenship ceremony or the administration of a citizenship oath and pledge.

Registration Fees for British Overseas Territory Citizens and Other Types of British Nationals

In certain circumstances, adults may be eligible to register for British citizenship. This includes if they:

  • Have another form of British nationality (such as British overseas nationals or British overseas territories citizens)
  • If they have a connection with Gibraltar or Hong Kong
  • If they have a British mother or father and had the right to become a British citizen when they were born

It will typically cost £1206 for an adult to register as a British citizen. However, British overseas territory citizens, British overseas citizens, British Subjects and British protected persons are able to register for British nationality for the lower cost of £901.

Those who are British overseas territory citizens will have the right to a British passport and the right to receive diplomatic protection. However, overseas territory citizens will still be subject to immigration control and will not have an immediate right to reside and work within the UK.

For a British overseas territory citizen to no longer be subject to immigration control, they would have to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen.

A British overseas territory citizen would be eligible for naturalisation if they became a British overseas citizen after 21 May 2002 and they meet the specified conditions.

The cost of naturalisation for British overseas territories citizens is £1000.

For a thorough understanding of the costs and steps involved in a British citizenship application process, speak to us.

British Citizenship Refusal

One of the most common reasons for a refusal is that an application form has not been filled in correctly or that the correct documents have not been supplied with your application.

There is not a legal right to appeal citizenship decisions. However, you will have the right to request the Home Office to reconsider the decision to refuse your application. This is only applicable if you believe that the decision made was not based on law, policy or procedure.

The refusal letter you receive will contain an explanation of the reasons why your application was initially refused.

It is important to note that in the case of a refusal, your citizenship application fees will not be refunded.

To prevent your chances of a refused application, or in the instance that you submit an application and it is refused, you can reach out to us on +44 (0) 3316300929 if you’re in the UK, or +23413438882 if you’re in Nigeria. Or, use the online contact form to submit an enquiry.

How Much does it Cost to Apply for a British Passport?

When you have successfully applied to become a British citizen you will be able to apply for your first British passport. The UK passport is one of the most powerful passports in the world and will allow you to travel freely between the United Kingdom and many other countries.

Your UK passport can be used as a way to prove your right to reside and work within the UK.

When applying for a UK passport from overseas, you will have to pay a fee for your passport and a courier fee of £19.86. The courier fee pays for your passport and supporting documents to be sent back to you in a secure manner.

For an adult standard 34-page passport, the fee will be £104.50 plus the courier fee. For an adult frequent traveller 50-page passport the fee will be £115.50 plus the courier fee.

Many people opt to use a checking service prior to passport submission. This helps to ensure that the form has been filled in correctly and that the process will be carried out as quickly as possible. Using a checking service will reduce the chance of delaying the process if you have made a mistake in your application.

How Can IAS Help?

The process of applying for British citizenship is often incredibly complex. In order to increase your chances of a successful application it is often recommended that you seek the assistance of an immigration lawyer.

The cost of this service will vary based on precisely what it is that you require. While hiring an immigration lawyer can be expensive, it will usually end up saving you money by increasing your chances of success.

Get in touch with IAS’ immigration lawyers for further support on the UK citizenship cost and for help with submitting a successful application.

We are an Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) approved legal firm who work across the UK and Nigeria. We have been able to help a wide range of clients with their immigration and citizenship issues, and can help you to obtain British citizenship.

We have offices in the UK and Lagos. You can reach out to us on +44 (0) 3316300929 if you’re in the UK, or +23413438882 if you’re in Nigeria. Or, use the online contact form to submit an enquiry.

Increase your chances of success with our immigration lawyers, when applying for British citizenship.

We offer immigration advice sessions as face to face appointments at our office in Lagos, all of our UK offices, or via the phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

One of the main reasons that people go through the process of applying to become a British citizen is for the reassurance that they have the complete right to remain in the UK, regardless of future government policies.

You can also be assured that you will be able to freely travel in and out of the United Kingdom, be eligible for all state benefits and fully participate in all local and general elections.

When you marry a British citizen you are not automatically qualified for British citizenship. In order to qualify you must also have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, whether granted on the basis of a spousal visa or another immigration route.

In addition to being married to a British citizen and being granted Indefinite Leave to Remain status, you must also have resided in the UK for three years prior to your application.

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