Naturalisation and Registration as a British Citizen

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Customer Information Notice

Re-opening of the public counter

Following the announcement made by the Chief Minister in his briefing of 15 June 2020 that social distancing will no longer be required in most areas of our lives, the Passport, Immigration & Nationality Office will re-open to the public from Monday 22 June 2020.

To allow officers to process the backlog of cases that have built up during the time the office was closed, the opening hours of the public counter will be 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday for the foreseeable future.

Postal Applications

Members of the public can continue to post their applications if they so wish in order to save them an unnecessary journey to the office. This can be done in one of the following ways.

  1. Post your application to us in the normal mail; or
  2. Put your application form and any supporting documents in our post-box by the main entrance of Central Government Office. This will emptied once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Applications and travel documents are left in the post box at the customer’s own risk.

Return of Documents

Passports and travel documents already in our possession can now be collected if you have been notified they are ready for collection.


Applications made through the post can be paid for over the telephone by either credit or debit card.

If you wish to pay over the telephone, please provide up to date contact details on your application form and an officer will call you to arrange payment and discuss the submission of any other documents needed with the application.

We respectfully ask customers not to pay by cash or cheques when at the public counter. 

Contact us

We continue to ask the public to view our websites where the answers to the majority of questions can be answered. More specific queries relating to our services can be sent by email to:

Communication MethodPassportsImmigrationNationality
Telephone 01624 685208 01624 685210 01624 685208

The Passport, Immigration & Nationality Office thanks members of the public for their co-operation and understanding.

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 2.30pm
Friday: 9.30am to 2.30pm

Telephone hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 12pm