The British  overseas  territories  citizens (BOTC),  British Nationals  (Overseas) (BNO),  British  Overseas citizens (BOC) and British  subjects can apply to register as British Citizens if they meet the requirements of Section 4(2) of BNA 1981. Applications under s.4(2) should normally be made on Form B(OTA). 

Eligibility Requirements

Adults  or  minors,  who  are    British  overseas  territories  citizens,  British Nationals  (Overseas),  British  Overseas citizens,  British  subjects  under the  1981  Act  or  British  protected  persons  are  entitled  to  registration  as  British  citizens  under s.4(2)   of  the  British  Nationality  Act  1981  if  they were:  

  • in  the  United  Kingdom  at  the  beginning  of  the  period  of  5  years  ending with the date of application; or
  • settled in the United Kingdom immediately before 1 January 1983; and
  • not absent from the United Kingdom for more than 450 days in the 5 year period ending with the date of application; and
  • not absent from  the United Kingdom for more than 90 days in the period of 12 months ending with the date of application; and
  • not  on  the  date  of  application subject  under  the  immigration  laws to any restriction on their stay in the United Kingdom; and
  • not  subject  under  the  immigration  laws  to  any  restriction  on  their stay  in  the  United  Kingdom  in  the  12  months  immediately  before  
    the date of application; and
  • not at any time in the 5 years ending with the date of application in the United Kingdom in breach of  the immigration laws;
  • (if aged 10 or over on the date of  application, this being a date on or after 4 December 2006) the Secretary of State is satisfied that they  are  of  good  character.

How Can We Help?

Our expert team of nationality law solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can represent you in your application for registration as a British Citizen and carry out all the work on your British Citizenship application until a decision on your application is recieved from the Home Office UKVI. As part of our professional legal services in relation to your application for registration as a British Citizen, our specialist team of immigration solicitors will carry out the following immigration casework:

  • We will assess your eligibility for registration as a British Citizen by considering all the relevant information including your past immigration history;
  • We will advise  you on the chances of success in your application for registration as a British Citizen and would draw your attention to any weaknesses in your application;
  • We will advise you on the list of documents to be submitted in support of your application for registration as a British Citizen;
  • We will assess all the supporting documents to ensure that the documents you provide duly satisfy the Home Office UKVI requirements for registration as a British Citizen;
  • We will complete the relevant application form online for your registration as a British citizen, submit the same online, help you pay the Home Office UKVI fee for the application and schedule your appointment with the application centre for enrolment of your biometrics;
  • We will prepare a detailed cover letter in support of the application explaining in detail your eligibility for registration as a British Citizen by referring to all the relevant information, documents, laws and requirements;
  • We will upload all the supporting documents online to be considered in support of the application including our cover letter prepared to suppport your application;
  • We will carry out all the work on your application for registration as a British Citizen until a decision is received from the Home Office UKVI on your application.

How Much We Charge?

Unless your application is very complicated, our fees for an application for registration as a British Citizen are given in the fee table below: 

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for registration as a British Citizen £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for registration as a British Citizen to cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £1,000 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your registration application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for registration application, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the registration application.