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Naturalisation and Registration as a British Citizen

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Customer Information Notice

Coronavirus 2020 (COVID-19) 

The Passport, Immigration & Nationality Office is committed to ensuring that the welfare of our customers and staff is top of our priority in these unprecedented time. 

Therefore our public counter and office will be closed immediately until further notice. 

Postal applications 

Applications for each of our services can continue to be made in the following ways, but will not be processed until the office re-opens

  1. Post your application to us in the normal mail, whilst the IOM Post continues to deliver; or
  2. Put your application form and any supporting documents in our post-box by the main entrance of Central Government Office.

This post box will be monitored infrequently for the period the office remains closed therefore applications & travel documents are left at the customer’s own risk during this time. 

Applications will not be processed until the office re-opens.   

Passports and travel documents already in our possession will not be able to be collected or returned until the office re-opens.  

Payment

Applications made through the post can be paid for by telephone by either credit or debit card when the office re-opens

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 when the office re-opens. 

We respectfully ask customers not to pay by cash or cheques. 

Contact us

The majority of the questions we receive can be answered by viewing our websites. Any specific queries relating to our services can be sent by email to:

Communication MethodPassportsImmigrationNationality
email Passports@gov.im Immigration@gov.im Nationality@gov.im
Telephone 01624 685208 01624 685210 01624 685208
Website www.gov.im/passports www.gov.im/immigration www.gov.im/nationality

The Passport, Immigration & Nationality Office will continue to monitor the ever-changing position closely and adapt as Government guidance evolves and we thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this time.

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 and Registration as a British Citizen

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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