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Should I include my nationality on my CV?

Whenever we are asked about the issue of nationality, our response is typically along the lines of this: in most circumstance, you should not include your nationality on your CV. It is not a legal requirement nor is it something that the recruiter is terribly interested in.

Legality of including Citizenship or Nationality on a CV

Employment discrimination laws in the United States (8 USC § 1324b – Unfair immigration-related employment practices) and the United Kingdom’s employment equality laws (primarily derived from the Equality Act 2000) and similar legislations in many other western nations prohibit discrimination based on race, colour, or nationality/citizenship. Including your nationality on your CV may open the doors of discrimination and prejudice against you.

Employers are primarily interested in the eligibility of work (e.g. visa, work permit, etc.) in that particular country and less so in the nationality of the applicant.

If the eligibility of work can be easily derived from the name – e.g. Harry Davies applying for a job in the United Kingdom – then there remains little or no reason for Harry to include on his CV that he’s a British National.Unless he’s intent on insulting the employer’s intellect, that is!

Benefits of including Nationality on a CV

Believe it or not but there may be a number of benefits of disclosing your nationality on your CV or job application:

  1. It can indicate intercultural competence (i.e. “the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of other cultures”) and language skills;
  2. If the company that you are applying for is an international company, then your nationality (and experience) can help the company to penetrate a new market in that country.

These benefits may be quite limited – if any – and do not apply to the majority of jobs.

Ways to indicate eligibility of work

There are four ways to show that you’re eligible of work when applying for a job:

  1. When applying online you will generally need to tick a checkbox to confirm that you are entitled to work in the UK;
  2. Make a mention of it on the Application Form accompanying your CV;
  3. Make a mention of it in the Cover Letter;
  4. Make a mention of it on your CV.

If necessary, the CV should be the last choice when disclosing your nationality on.

When to mention Nationality on your CV or Job Application

To reiterate, the general rule in regards to Nationality on CV is that it should be omitted. However, as it is the case with every general rule; there are some exceptions:

1. EU Nationals

EU applicants with “foreign-sounding names” may consider specifying in their CVs that they are a national from a European country (and consequently have the right to employment in the UK). But then again, the world has become a “global village” and recruiters in the UK – and around the world – are used to the fact that eligibility of work cannot be derived simply from the names of the applicants.

2. Non-EU Nationals

It is recommended for non-EU Nationals, often students who are restricted on the number of hours they are allowed to work, clearly state their eligibility for employment in the UK.

Example: “Nationality: Chinese, eligible to work part-time in the UK for up to X hours.”

The UK Council for International Student Affairs provides detailed information on international students working in the UK.

3. Applying for Jobs in non-Western Countries

The third scenario in which you should mention your nationality on your CV is when you’re applying for a job abroad. Many countries in Middle-East and Asia presently do not have any anti-discrimination laws. For instance, let us consider Dubai which is a popular destination for foreign workers of many different nationalities.

In Dubai, employers can, based on the nationality of an applicant, decide whether they will be hired or not. Citizenship is also a significant factor in determining their salary: Emiratis and Westerners are paid the highest; followed by the Arabs in general and then by Asians and Africans.

You may also not be surprised to find out that the inclusion of a candidate’s nationalist is a must and its omission can result in the application being unsuccessful.

4. Applying for certain Governmental Jobs

There are some governmental jobs, both civil and security, for which eligibility is partly based upon nationality. These types of jobs typically require “special allegiance to the state” and are strictly reserved to the nationals of that particular country. In this case, applicants should clearly state that they meet this requirement.


In normal circumstances, which applies to the majority of cases, it is advisable to omit your nationality from the CV as there is no legal requirement or any significant benefit for doing so.

There may, however, be exceptional cases in which it becomes recommended or necessary for an applicant to disclose their citizenship on a CV or job application.

Warning: if you do decide to include your nationality on your CV please ensure you do it properly. Nationality is the country of citizenship and is irrelevant of race or ethnic origin (e.g. “British” instead of “English”).

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You must bring a completed application form (link opens in new window) for each applicant.

  • for adult applications, complete the form 'AN'
  • for minor (under 18 years old) applications, complete the form 'MN1'

These application forms can be downloaded from UK Visas and Immigration (link opens in new window) together with comprehensive guidance notes, and it is advisable to read through these carefully before completing your application forms.

Other application forms for registering as a British citizen can also be checked using our service. For example: UKM, Form T, etc.

Please ensure that you have had each form signed by two referees and that you have attached a photograph to the relevant page.

All adult applicants must attend the Nationality Checking Service appointment in person.

You must also bring the following supporting documents*:

For a single adult application:

  • passport or travel document which covers the past five years. If your passport or travel document does not cover the past 5 years we will need to see alternative evidence
  • Life in the UK test certificate AND a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification
  • evidence of Indefinite Leave to Remain (held for 12 months or more)

For a single adult application for a person who is married to a British Citizen:

  • passport or travel document which covers the past 3 years. If your passport or travel document does not cover the past 3 years we will need to see alternative evidence
  • Life in the UK test certificate AND a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification
  • evidence of Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • husband or wife’s British passport or citizenship certificate

For a single adult EEA application:

All EEA nationals are required to apply for a Permanent Residency Card through the Home Office (link opens in new window), to fulful the criteria below to apply for nationality.

  • passport or travel document
  • valid national identity card (if applicable)
  • Life in the UK test certificate AND a speaking and listening certificate in English at Level B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification
  • exercised treaty rights, for example
  • P60s for the previous 6 years, or 5 years if married to a British citizen
  • payslips (if P60s do not cover the whole period)
  • self employed applicants, require self assessment statements for each year of the 6 / 5 years
  • pension statements for each year of retirement to ensure it covers 6 / 5 years
  • students require letters from school, college or university

*Any documents not in English must be officially translated and must be brought to the appointment along with original documents.

This list is not conclusive. For further information please refer to GOV.UK (link opens in new window).

Alternative evidence for adult applicants:

  • P60s
  • letter from college / university
  • letter from employer
  • statement of taxes from Inland Revenue
  • child benefit letter
  • child / family tax credit statement
  • jobseekers allowance letter
  • housing association letter
  • income support letter

For a minor applicant born outside the UK:

  • passport / travel document to cover past 2 years
  • confirmation of Indefinite Leave to Remain for child and parent
  • birth certificate
  • school letter to cover past 2 years (if minor is 12 years or over)
  • if submitting through the father, a marriage certificate is required

Alternative evidence for minor applicants (to cover past 2 years):

  • school letter
  • child benefit letter
  • child tax credit

For a minor applicant born in the UK:

  • full, original birth certificate
  • confirmation of either parent's Indefinite Leave to Remain

You also need to bring your payment details for the Home Office fee, and this can be paid by card or by cheque. Cheques can be made payable to 'The Accounting Officer, Home Office.'

For further information, please refer to the Home Office (link opens in new window) website.

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