Form AN

To apply to naturalise as a British citizen, you will be required to complete Form AN.

Do you need help completing Form AN and with your British citizenship application?

How to apply for British Citizenship using Form AN

British Citizenship is not an entitlement.

You can apply to naturalise after 12 months of either Indefinite Leave to Remain or permanent residence by completing Form AN.

It is important that you ensure you satisfy the eligiblity requirements for naturalisation before starting the application process, and that you take care in completing the form.

Failure to complete Form AN correctly may result in a rejected application, and loss of the full application fee.

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You can contact us if you are seeking legal help in relation to an application for British Citizenship and completing Form AN. Our legal team will provide you with a professional, friendly, reliable service to avoid any issues or delays with your application.

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Who can apply for British Citizenship using Form AN? 

If you are married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, you can apply using Form AN if you:

  • Are 18 years or over on the date of application
  • Are married on the date of application
  • Are of sound mind
  • Are able to commincate in English to an acceptable degree
  • Meet the Good Character requirement
  • Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 3 years before application, and
  • You satisfy the relevant residency requirements.

If you are not married or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, you can apply using Form AN if you:

  • Are 18 years or over on the date of application
  • Are of sound mind
  • Intend to continue to live in the UK
  • Are able to commincate in English to an acceptable degree
  • Meet the Good Character requirement
  • Have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK
  • Have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years before application, and
  • You satisfy the relevant residency requirements.

How long does the British citizenship application process take?

On average, we advise our clients to anticipate that their British citizenship application will be processed in approximately 2-3 months. The complexity of your application will determine how long it will take for your application to be processed as well as the volume of other applications UKVI have to process.

What does it cost to submit Form AN? 

Full fees can be found here. UKVI charge (as at March 2019) a fee of £1,236 per applicant.

What happens when a dependant child is also applying for British citizenship at the same time?

A parent can apply for British citizenship under Form AN at the same time as their child (under Form MN1). Parents should however consider the possibility that the child may be found to be eligible for registration, but that their own application may be refused.

Section 7 of Form MN1 invites the parent to confirm that, in this event, the child should still be registered as a British citizen.

If the relevant box is not ticked, the child’s application will be treated as having been withdrawn at the point when the parent’s application is refused. The child’s application fee (£936) will not be refunded.

What if the application is refused?

You may resubmit an application however it is important to understand why the application failed in the first instance and how this can be addressed or recitifed, for example an error in completing the form, the incorrect fee paid or failure on discretionary grounds.

What happens to current citizenship?

Before submitting Form AN, clarify the position in respect of your existing nationality by contacting the authorities of the country of which you are a citizen through the Embassy or High Commission.

In some countries, a person will automatically lose their nationality if they become a citizen of another country. Others will continue to recognise the child as a citizen on dual basis.

Other points to note about Form AN

  • During the residential qualifying period you just have been legally in the UK and you must not have breached immigration laws.
  • You should not have been outside the UK for more than 90 days in the 12 months prior to application. Further restrictions on absences beyond the preceding 12-month period also apply.
  • You must also submit your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) with Form AN. This costs £19.20.

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