March 26, 2015

Application to register as a British citizen: Form UKF

The application to register as a British citizen is now up on the UK Visas and Immigration section of the UK government's website.  Although commencement isn't until April 6, this will give you time to prepare in advance and gather all of the required documents together. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-register-as-a-british-citizen-form-ukf 
 
Here is the guide, and you'll need to read this before filling out the application form -

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/417972/Guide_UKF_-_March_2015.pdf 
 
 
 Here is the fee schedule.  Anything that has to do with us is called "UKF" (UK Father).  Those applying will have to pay the ceremony fee of 80GBP. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/415145/Master_Fees_Leaflet_2015.pdf

Keep in mind that this application is first for the consideration.  Once they accept and process the application, you will be sent an invitation to attend your citizenship ceremony.  You will have to complete the ceremony in order to get your citizenship and it will have to be completed in three months after receipt of the invitation.  You can arrange to do this locally, in your own country.  You do not have to go to the UK to complete this step. 
 
Once you complete the citizenship ceremony, you will then receive your certificate of registration as a British citizen.  It is with this certificate that you can move forward and apply for your UK passport. 
 
You will have to pass a good character requirement to be considered for registration.  If you have committed any major crimes, this will most likely have an impact on your application. The guide explains this all in detail.


35 comments:

  1. Do you know if you need to have lived in the UK at all prior to applying for this? It asks for a National Insurance number but I don't have one as I've never been allowed to work there, hence needing this form...

    Also, do you know who I can email while in Canada (Toronto specifically) cause everyone I have been email just never gets back to me and I'd really love to sit with someone to fill this form out so I don't get anything wrong.

    Sorry.

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  2. You do not need to have lived in the UK at all prior to applying for your passport. The NI number bit is for those applying within the UK. I'm sorry, but I don't have a contact in the Toronto area. The application is pretty straightforward, but if you require help, you might want to look at the "Find Immigration Advice" section of the ILPA (http://www.ilpa.org.uk/) and take it from there. The ILPA are a very reputable organization. I hope this helps.

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  3. I have all the required documents together for this (biological dads long form birth certificate, paternity test) BUT it also requires "registration as a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies" - is this not just the birth certificate? My father was very young when his parents immigrated to Canada, is there a chance he won't have been registered?

    Any input would be helpful :)

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    1. Hi Kim, You are all set. Your father's British long form birth certificate is the proof you need in this case. Registration is for something different. To anyone else reading this, it's important that you use your father's long form birth certificate. These can be ordered from overseas from the UK as well. Kim, please include your father's UK passport too, even if it's expired.

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  4. hi, i'm at the start of applying for my 2 eldest to become british citizen. they have always lived here (10 and 13) and their biological father is british. I've managed to purchase his long birthcertificate from an online service, but have no idea where he lives or even any way of getting hold of him ! would they accept the application without his signature ?
    also the kids have belgian identity cards at the moment and it states that you have to send the passports. does that mean that they will be without valid travel documents for 6 months or more or do they send them back quickly ?
    and thirdly (so sorry ! ) they have changed their name from their name at birth (L) to my husbands name (H)... their belgian id cards are in name of L (and the belgian authorities will not change the name as it's done by uk deedpoll) but they do not wish to have that name any longer and wish the citizen ship certificate to be under their now name of H.... what on earth do i do, apply under H and enclose the deedpoll documents or will that confuse everything too much ???
    sorry to be such a pain, this is such a minefield....

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  5. Hi Kathy,
    I'm sorry, but all of these factors are out of my area of knowledge. You might want to get in touch with the PRCBC, who can either help you or direct you to someone who can - https://prcbc.wordpress.com/

    I hope this helps.

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  6. Hi
    I am about to apply for British Citizenship by a person born before 1st July 2006 whose parents were not married (Form UKF). I'm not clear if I need to take the 'Life in the UK' test before applying or not, any advice? The guidance notes highlighting what documents need to be sent do not say anything about this test however all the information I have read online about applying for citizenship says you have to take this test.
    Thank you in advance

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  7. Hi Vicki,

    UKF applicants are only required to take the ceremony oath. That is why you must pay the £80 fee. It's to set up your ceremony. We don't have to take the Life in the UK test.

    I hope this helps and, good luck!

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  8. What if the person applying using UKF is a child (under 16)? Presumably they can't take an oath so does this mean that they don't need to go to a ceremony (i.e. is the application therefore free?)

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    1. Hi Arnold, Children under the age of 18 do not have to attend a citizenship ceremony, so do not have to pay the fee.

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  9. Hi I am going to apply with form UKF.

    I'm unsure if I need my all of my grandparents details as well as my parents??

    It says: see section 2 of the guide, but there's nothing in the guide saying wether or not he details are needed.. e.g 'year they obtained british citizenship' and 'place of birth'

    Does anyone know how much info is required?

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  10. Hi Sam, was your father born in the UK? You don't need your grandparent's information if your father was born in the UK.

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  11. hi my father had is British passport before I was born in 1984 and he died in england in 2014.all I have has prove is his passport photocopy. dead certificate. pictures of us.and letters he wrote me before I started visiting the uk.mimi

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  12. Hi Mimi,

    You will first need to establish what kind of UK citizenship your father had before proceeding with an application. Was he British by "descent" or "otherwise by descent" ("otherwise by descent" means he was born on UK soil)? Also, is he listed on your birth certificate? If not, do you have any court legal documents which proves he is your father?

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  14. Hi,just for clarification,i 've applied for citizenship using form UKF.
    They have replied within 3 days and sent me a letter to register for biometrics but no deductions of money have been made from my account.
    I had filled in the payment slip with £936.
    I could only see that fee for children on the fee slip.
    Has anyone applied for a child before ?What was the charge?Whenxwas it taken before or after biometrics?
    Any infois well come.

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  15. Hi Sylvia, the fee for anyone over the age of 18 is only £80. There is no fee for a child under the age of 18. It is to cover the citizenship ceremony. It does not cost £936. That cost is for naturalization, which is not the purpose of the UKF form. I'm afraid the Home Office does not make the fee schedule clear. I hope this helps.

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  16. Hi, I am currently applying for my citizenship through UKF and was wondering if I have to send the original birth certificates, or whether certified government copied will suffice as I don't want to lose the originals in the mail. Thank you

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    1. Hi Vanessa, Yes. You will need the original documents. I know it's a pain, but when you send them, please make sure to send them via a method where you can track the package. Also, please make scans for yourself. I hope this helps.

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  17. My daughter is applying with this form and is 17. I can't find where it says what the fees are?

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    1. Hi, There are no fees for children under the age of 18. There is also no need for a citizenship ceremony. I hope this helps!

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  18. Hi, i applied 4 months ago and a decision has yet to made on my application. On the other hand i have 2 weeks left on my visitors visa and they still have my documents including my passport. Ideally i would love to have my ceremony at the area where i reside here in the Uk plus i know its a lot quicker to apply and receive my British passport from within. Please any advice on how i can approach this?
    Thanks.

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  19. Hi Sandra, please contact your MP. Unfortunately, UKVI will not help until the wait has gone past 6 months.

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  20. Hi, I was told if my son wants British citizenship, we need to pay £80 fee (he is 12, british father, we live together but not married). I am reading the comments now where it says children dont pay any fees. Does it mean I only fill in the UKF form and send it without any payment?

    Thank you,

    Lu

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    1. Hello Lulu,

      Correct. Because your son is under the age of 18, he does not have to pay the £80 fee. Simply complete and submit the most updated UKF application without a payment.

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  21. Hi. I'm in the process of applying with the UFF form for my 12 year old daughter. British father, not married, I'm French. It says we should send her passport. How long does it take to get the documentation back? (was planning to go on hols in May)Thanks

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  22. Hi Patricia, I'm sorry, but there is no confirmed time frame. I am seeing some get their approvals within 2 months, but that's depends on many factors, one of which is how busy it is at UKVI. Please note that there will be two processes - one to register your daughter, which is what the UKF application is for. When she gets approval and receives her Certificate of British Citizenship, you will then have the second process which is to apply for her British passport. She will get her documents back after the approval. I hope this helps.

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  23. Hello, my daughter is 13 years old,she was born in the Uk to a undocumented jamaican mother we were never married. I am British born in the Uk how do I go about registering her. Also on the government website there is a few of 985 to register for a child is this correct? Thank you.

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  24. Hi Harvey, You would just have to complete the UKF application. There are no fees if your child is under the age of 18 and applying under 4G (born in the UK). The £985 fee is for something different.

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  25. Hello,
    I'm filling out my UKF registration form as US citizen with English dad. I've never lived or worked in UK-- yet it asks "address of tax office or tax office reference." How do I respond? Also, how long do they hold onto the passports?- Thank you.

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    1. Hello, Fingerless Writer, You don't have to complete the tax information section (2.5). That is for those born, raised, and living in the UK who are applying. US applicants do not have to fulfill that requirement, so leave that space blank. UKVI will hold your passport until they make a decision on your application. Your passport and supporting documents will all be returned with your acceptance letter. That could take anywhere from one to six months. The wait times are much shorter than when the law first commenced.

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  26. Our timeline, for a child born in the UK and living in the UK...
    18.03.17 UKF form sent
    02.04.17 Invite to biometrics
    03.04.17 email acknowledgement
    07.04.17 Biometrics done
    03.05.17 Approval letter with all supporting documents received dated 28.04.17
    04.05.17 Certificate arrived dated 28.04.17
    So, start to finish in about six weeks.
    Hardest part for us was finding a "professional person" who knew him for three years - UKF certainly wasn't designed with child applicants in mind!

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  27. Hi, I'm from the Philippines(currently living and btw i'm 26) and my father's British. We want to apply for UKF however we dont know where to start. Do you have any ideas for any Legal Adviser in the Philippines or sites that i can go to??

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    1. Hi Anna, you can begin here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-register-as-a-british-citizen-form-ukf

      It's a pretty straightforward application, so legal advice isn't much needed unless you feel you have a very complicated case. Many people have been completing the application on their own without immigration help, but if you need legal assistance, or feel you would like a "second pair of eyes" to go over your application, I would suggest you look at the legal help section of the British Consulate page for the Philippines.

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  28. Hi Arnold, thank you so much for this timeline. It's really a huge help for many out there who may be unsure of timing on their applications. I know the kids born in the UK were in the most serious situation as most were essentially stateless, and a few have asked about timing issues with their applications, so this is definitely a huge help. Thank you!

    I agree about the "professional person" bit for a child. It's not the most savvy application out there!

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