New fee for the reconsideration of naturalisation and citizenship applications

From 1 September 2010, we will introduce a fee of £100 to reconsider applications for naturalisation and British citizenship that have been refused.

16 July 2010

Regulation 33 of the Immigration and Nationality (Cost Recovery Fees) Regulations 2010, which came into force on 6 April 2010, gave the Secretary of State the power to charge £100 for the reconsideration of an application for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen that had previously been refused.

From 1 September 2010, all requests for the reconsideration of these applications must be accompanied by a fee of £100. Applications that are not accompanied by the appropriate fee will be deemed invalid and will be returned.

If the original decision taken on your application is upheld, the £100 fee will be retained to cover administrative costs. However, if the original decision made on your application is considered incorrect and your application is then approved, £80 will be retained to cover the cost of the citizenship ceremony (if applicable) and £20 will be refunded to you.