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Naturalisation and Registration as a British Citizen

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Naturalisation and Registration as a British Citizen

The Isle of Man Nationality Service deals with all naturalisation and registration applications for Isle of Man residents. The British Government is responsible for the laws covering British citizenship through the British Nationality Act 1981 (BNA) which applies to the Isle of Man.

Naturalisation allows someone to become a British citizen and obtain the same rights and privileges as someone who was born a British citizen.

Becoming a British citizen is a significant life event. Apart from allowing you to apply for a British passport, British citizenship gives you the opportunity to participate more fully in the life of your local community.

You may be eligible for naturalisation if you've lived in the United Kingdom (UK) or Islands for five years or more and meet the English language requirement. Alternatively, if you are married to a British citizen and have lived in the UK or Islands for three years or more and meet the English language requirement, you may also be eligible.

Registration is a similar process although mainly for minors and persons who already hold a British nationality status other than British citizenship. In some cases there is an entitlement to register.

For your application to succeed you will need to show that you satisfy a number of requirements that are set out in the 'Criteria and requirements' section of this website.

Important information

Applicants should not be reliant on having a British passport within a set time frame and therefore should not allow the validity on their foreign passport to run down to such a position that they cannot continue to use it for travel. Applying for a British passport is a separate process, and you will not be able to submit your application until after you have attended a citizenship ceremony.

The Nationality Service do not accept any responsibility for travel booked by an applicant in anticipation of having a British passport.

The information provided on our website is not intended to be comprehensive nor is it a complete statement of immigration and nationality law or policy.

Counter opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 9.30am to 4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am to 4.00pm

Telephone hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 12pm

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