Apply for citizenship if you’re from the EEA

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Apply for citizenship if you’re from the EEA

You can apply for British citizenship by ‘naturalisation’ if you:

You must also:

Residency requirements

You should have lived in the UK for at least 5 years before the date of your application.

You cannot include any time spent in the UK when you’re exempt from immigration control (for example, as a diplomat or member of visiting armed forces).

You should also not have:

  • spent more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
  • spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • broken any UK immigration laws (for example working illegally in the UK)

How much it costs

It costs £1,330 to apply.

If you send the wrong fee your application will not be processed and you’ll have to apply again.

After you’ve applied you must also pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken. You’ll be sent a letter explaining what to do.