Previous citizenship studies often focus on the individual-state relationship. However, citizenship cannot exist without a multitude of relationships in the community. Citizens interact with other individuals, groups and institutional agencies within and outside their community to co-create citizenship in everyday life settings. This study goes beyond the focus on individual-state relationship and extends it to social interactions in everyday life. The analysis is based on ethnographic and interview data of57 Hong Kong Pakistanis located in Hong Kong and the UK. It examines how citizenship acquisition is decided in relation to the formation of self and in the family. It further examines how citizenship happens in the society as resources in daily social interactions. The findings suggest that citizenship acquisition is not purely instrumental, nor individualised. It is closely connected with one’s identities, emotional attachment, and senses of belonging, to the family, to one’s country of origin, and even to the host society. It is also decided within the family and is pursued collectively as a family project. The findings highlight individuals’ agency in deploying strategies to overcome stress and negotiate with family members in the process of citizenship acquisition. Besides, the findings show that citizenship is an unnoticed but ready-to-use resource in everyday life, for ethnic minorities to strategically claim equal treatment when they face discrimination in the host society. All in all, this study contributes to citizenship study by advancing a new concept “everyday citizenship”, extending its focus to social interactions in everyday life, as well as proposing the emotional aspect and agency of citizenship.