You can choose to give up (renounce) your British citizenship. You will get a ‘declaration of renunciation’ that you can use to show that you’re no longer British. This declaration will be signed and stamped and the date your citizenship stops will be declared on the form.
You may wish to do this if you want to become a citizen of another country. Please note your right to live in the UK may be affected if you choose to give up your Citizenship.
In renouncing your citizenship, it will be considered whether you are 18 years old or older and whether you are of a sound mind.
In some cases, it’s possible to resume your British nationality after renouncing it, however it is difficult to do this. Your state of mind, good character and age will be considered when deciding whether you can resume your citizenship. It is important to note that one you have been provided with a ‘declaration of renunciation’, you will have 6 months within which to obtain another nationality, otherwise your British citizenship still stands.
If you are looking to reclaim your British nationality, you will need to provide:
- A copy of your declaration of renunciation
- Your passport, or certificate of naturalisation or registration for your current citizenship or nationality
- An official letter or statement from the country you are currently a citizen or national of saying that if you had not given up your British citizenship you would have lost or failed to get your current citizenship or nationality.